Richard Brooks

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RICHARD BROOKS (b. 1942) is a native of upstate New York and holds a B.S. degree in Music Education from the Crane School of Music, Potsdam College, an M.A. in Composition from Binghamton University and a Ph. D. in Composition from New York University.  From 1975-2004 he was on the music faculty of Nassau Community College where he was Professor and Department Chair for 22 years.

From 1977 to 1982 he was Chairman of the Executive Committee of the American Society of University Composers (now the Society of Composers, Inc.) on which he continues to serve as the Producer of the SCI Compact Disk Series.  In 1981 he was elected to the Board of Governors of the American Composers Alliance.  After serving two terms as Secretary and three terms as Vice-President he was elected President in the Fall of 1993 and served until 2002; he then served as the Chair of the Board of Governors until 2011.  Brooks also served as a member of the Junior/Community College Commission on Accreditation of the National Association of Schools of Music for ten years.  He was Executive Director of the New York Composers Circle 2010-2012.

He has received a major grant from the SUNY Research Foundation (for composition), a Composer Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, an American Music Center grant and several Meet the Composer awards. In 1994 he received a commission for Quintet for Oboe (Sax) and Strings from the New York State Music Teachers National Association; premiere performance took place at the NYSMTA Conference in Ithaca, NY in October 1994. Landscape...with Grace, commissioned for the twentieth anniversary season of the Kent Philharmonia Orchestra in Grand Rapids, Michigan was premiered on April 21, 1996. He has also received commissions from Elaine Comparone and Harpsichord Unlimited, the Lark Ascending and several individual performers.  A second commission from the Kent Philharmonia Orchestra resulted in Concerto for Trumpet/Flugelhorn and Orchestra which was premiered in May 2006.  In 2006 he was appointed Composer-in-Residence with the Lark Ascending and was elected New Music Champion by New Music Connoisseur magazine.

He has composed over one hundred works in all media.  His opera for young audiences, Rapunzel, was commissioned by the Tri-Cities Opera (Binghamton) in 1971 and has been mounted also by the Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia, Wolf Trap Farm Park and the Denver Symphony/Central City Singers and. most recently, by the Cincinnati Opera which gave it 65 performances.  A full length opera, Moby Dick, was completed in 1987.  A second full length opera, Robert and Hal, was completed in 2001. In 1990, the Golden Fleece, Ltd, presented extensive excerpts of Moby DickRobert and Hal was presented in a workshop reading by The Lark Ascending in 2004 and was staged by the Golden Fleece, Ltd. in June 2008.  This production has also been aired on Manhattan Cable Television.

Sonata for violin and piano (1973) is published in Vol. XI of the ASUC Journal of Music Scores and recorded on Record no. 5 of the ASUC Record Series (Advance label).  Prelude and Lament for wind quintet (1970) and Suite for Percussion (1975) are recorded on Capstone CPS-8601(“Music Visions”). Chorale Variations for Horns and Strings is recorded on compact disk by the Constanţa Symphony Orchestra (Capstone CPS-8627 "Tonus Tomis").  Seascape and Landscape...with Grace are recorded on Capstone CPS-8634 ("And the Eagle Flies"), the Concerto for Trumpet/Flugelhorn and Orchestra is recorded on Capstone CPS-8801 (“Pipes and Drums”), Circular Motions is recorded on Innova  710 (“The Phenomenon of Threes”) and Sonatina for piano has recently been released on New Ariel Records with pianist Jeffrey Jacob..

Numerous other performances have been given at important festivals held at Memphis State University, Louisiana State University, Bowling Green State University, Florida State University, the University of Georgia and the American Society of University Composers (now the Society of Composers, Inc.) Annual Conferences, as well as other venues throughout the United States and Europe.

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1 AARON'S JUBILEE (1997)
organ solo

2 AFTERMATH (2017)
Baritone, string quartet

3 AHAB'S MONOLOGUE from 'Moby Dick',ACT 2,SC 1
bs bar,ob,cl,vln,vlc,vcl,pf

4 AMERICAN ELEGY (2002)
violin 1 & 2, viola, cello, contrabass

5 As Adam early in the morning (1986)
TTBB, piano

6 BACH-ANALIA (2007)
solo harpsichord

7 BACHATELLES (1987)
solo perc

8 Ballet Music for Two Celli (2006)
2 celli

9 Cassation (2001)
harpsichord, string quartet, percussion

10 CHACONNE (2018)
solo cello

11 CHORALE VARIATIONS (1978)
2hn

12 CHORALE VARIATIONS (1978)
2hn,strqnt,str orch

15 COLLAGE (1981)
band,wind ens

16 Concerto for Flute and Orchestra (2000)
solo flute, 2-2-2-2 4-2-2-1-, timp., per., strings

17 Concerto for Trumpet/Flugelhorn and Orchestra (2005)
solo trumpet/flugelhorn, 2222-4220, timp, 3 per-str

18 COUER DE LION, MON COEUR (2006)
cl, obo

19 DIALOGUE (2018)
E-flat clarinet, B-flat clarinet
2 cl

20 DIVERTIMENTO (1985)
brqnt

21 Eliot Excerpts (2013)
Soprano, Bass-Baritone, Piano

22 FAINLIGHT SONGS
high voice, piano

23 FANTASY IMPROMPTU (1982)
pf

24 FIVE CAPRICES (2008)
pf

25 Four Miniatures
viola, guitar

26 Four Play (for saxophone quartet) (1992)
Bb soprano; Eb Alto; Bb tenor; Eb Bari (four saxophones)

27 Freefall (1995)
2222-4331-timp-3 per-str

28 HYMN TO INTELLECTUAL BEAUTY (1996)
A cycle of seven songs for high voice and piano

29 I am he that aches with amorous love (1981)
SATB, or TTBB a cappella

30 I LOVE YOU (2006)
two actor/ singers, ob, cl

31 IMPRESSIONS - TWO POEMS OF OSCAR WILDE (2009)
high voice, piano

32 Improvs (2015)
BsCl, Bsn

33 INTO THE TWILIGHT (2013)
fl, bsn, vln, vla, pf

34 INVENTION (1980)
vcl

35 JUBILATE DEO
satb,str

36 JUBILATE DEO
satb,wind ens: 2-2-2-3-3sax-2,2-3-euph-3hn-1(or cb),2perc,xyl

37 Landscape...With Grace (1996)
orchestra

38 LAST NIGHT I WAS THE WIND
bar, ww quintet

39 Lucky Sevens (2013)
percussion quintet

40 LUX AETERNA (2008)
SATB, Sop, Tenor soloists, organ

41 LYRIC PIECE for cello (2008)
cello

42 L’APRES-MIDI D'UN SCHOENBERG (2010)
4 solo singers, fl, cl, vln, vcl, pf

43 Mein Lebenslauf (2004)
baritone solo, SATB chorus, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano

44 MOBY DICK, An Opera in 2 Acts (1987)
5 lead roles, 15 secondary, male chor, women's chor&orch:pic-2-2-eh-Ebcl-2-bcl- 2-cbsn,4-3-3-1,timp,perc(2 or 3),hp,str

45 MOVEMENTS for String Quartet (1966)
strqrt

46 MY SOUL'S SATISFACTION (2006)
SATB, pf

47 NEXT TO, OF COURSE, GOD (1970)
satb,pf,br(2-2-2-1),pf

50 Petite Suite
4 bassoons

51 Piano Sonata No.2 (2013)

52 PRELUDE & LAMENT (2017)
WW Quintet: fl, ob, cl, hn, bsn

54 QUINTET FOR OBOE or SAXOPHONE AND STRINGS (1994)
ob (or sax), string quartet

56 RAPUNZEL (opera) (2018)
4 singers,1 actor (optional), 1-1-1-1 1-1-0-0, timp, perc, pf, strings

57 RAPUNZEL - for Wind Ensemble (+4 singers) (1969)
4 singers,1 actor(optional), pic-1-1-1 1-1-1-0 timp/perc, pf

58 REGINA COELI (1966)
satb,brass ens(4-3-3-0-)

60 Robert and Hal (2000)
1111-perc-str, opt. piano
chamber group or piano accompaniment

62 RONDEAU POUR MATHIEU (2008)
pf

63 RUNNING SNAKES
piano, 4 hands

64 SEASCAPE:OVERTURE TO MOBY DICK (1987)
large orchestra (pic/2-2-eh-Ebcl-2-bcl-2-cbsn,4-3-3-1,timp,perc,str

65 SERENADE (2017)
flute, cello, piano

66 Shakespearean Sketches (2003)
flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano

67 Silent Garden
high voice, piano

68 SOLILOQUY FOR SOLO FLUTE (2013)
flute

69 Sonata for Solo Guitar (2006)
guitar

70 Sonata for Solo Viola (2004)
viola

71 Sonata for Solo Violin (2007)
violin

72 SONATA for VIOLIN and PIANO (1973)
vln,pf

73 Sonatina for solo piano (2007)
piano

74 SONG AND DANCE (1998)
pf, orch: 2-2-2-2; 4-2-3-1; timp, perc; str

75 STRING QUARTET (1971)
string quartet

76 String Quartet no. 2 (2002)
2 violins, viola, cello

79 String Quartet no. 5 (2013)
str quar

80 String Trio (2013)
violin, viola, cello

81 SUITE FOR PERCUSSION (1975)
5perc+cond

82 SUNDAYS IN NEW YORK (2010)
narr, a sax, cb, drum set, pf

83 SWANSONG SUITE (2013)
solo Eng horn

84 Sweet Betsy; a fantasy on an American folk song (2012)
fl, cl, vln, vcl, pf

85 SYMPHONY In 1 Movement (1981)
picc-2-2-2(c)-2, 4(c)-3(c)-3-1,3perc,str

86 Symphony no. 2
2(picc)222-4231, timp., 3 per., harp strings

87 TE DEUM (2016)
SATB, piano, organ, contrabass, timpani, xylophone, glockenspiel, perc(3)

88 THREE FOR THREE (2013)
fl, vla, cb

89 THREE SILLY PIANO PIECES (1999)
pf solo

90 TRILOGY (2002)
percussion trio

91 TRIO (1982)
vln,vcl,pf

92 TROUBLES (2015)
alto sax, piano

93 TURNINGS (2017)
violin, viola, cello

95 VARIATIONS FOR PIANO (2018)
pf

96 WISHING TREE, THE (Operetta in 3 acts) (1977)
8 soloists,chorus(SA),pf

97 YEATS TRIPTYCH (2013)
mixed chorus, SATB

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