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.

ACE Publications

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 CHORALE VARIATIONS (1978)
2hn

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

12 CIRCULAR MOTIONS (2005)
fl,cl,pf

BrooksMaelstrom.mp3

I. Maelstrom - excerpt

14 COLLAGE (1981)
band,wind ens

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

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

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

18 DIVERTIMENTO (1985)
brqnt

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

20 FAINLIGHT SONGS
high voice, piano

21 FANTASY IMPROMPTU (1982)
pf

22 FIVE CAPRICES (2008)
pf

23 Four Miniatures
viola, guitar

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

brooks_four_play_excerpt.mp3

New Hudson Sax Quartet on Ravello RR7805 Excerpt

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

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

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

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

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

30 Improvs (2015)
BsCl, Bsn

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

32 INVENTION (1980)
vcl

33 JUBILATE DEO
satb,str

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

35 Landscape...With Grace (1996)
orchestra

36 LAST NIGHT I WAS THE WIND
bar, ww quintet

37 Lucky Sevens (2013)
percussion quintet

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

39 LYRIC PIECE for cello (2008)
cello

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

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

42 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

43 MOVEMENTS for String Quartet (1966)
strqrt

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

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

48 Petite Suite
4 bassoons

49 Piano Sonata No.2 (2013)

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

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

54 RAPUNZEL (opera) (1969)
4 singers,1 actor (optional), 1-1-1-1 1-1-0-0, timp, perc, pf, strings

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

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

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

BrooksRobert&HalExcerpt2.mp3

Robert and Hal, opera in 3 Acts Excerpt - Workshop performance

60 RONDEAU POUR MATHIEU (2008)
pf

61 RUNNING SNAKES
piano, 4 hands

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

63 SERENADE (2017)
flute, cello, piano

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

65 Silent Garden
high voice, piano

66 SOLILOQUY FOR SOLO FLUTE (2013)
flute

67 Sonata for Solo Guitar (2006)
guitar

68 Sonata for Solo Viola (2004)
viola

69 Sonata for Solo Violin (2007)
violin

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

71 Sonatina for solo piano (2007)
piano

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

73 STRING QUARTET (1971)
string quartet

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

75 STRING QUARTET NO. 3 (2007)
string quartet

brooksstqtno.3excerpt.mp3

excerpt from I. (iO Quartet, 2003 live performance)

77 String Quartet no. 5 (2013)
str quar

78 String Trio (2013)
violin, viola, cello

79 SUITE FOR PERCUSSION (1975)
5perc+cond

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

81 SWANSONG SUITE (2013)
solo Eng horn

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

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

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

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

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

87 THREE SILLY PIECES (1999)
pf solo

88 TRILOGY (2002)
percussion trio

89 TRIO (1982)
vln,vcl,pf

90 TROUBLES (2015)
alto sax, piano

91 TURNINGS (2017)
violin, viola, cello

93 VARIATIONS FOR PIANO (1967)
pf

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

95 YEATS TRIPTYCH (2013)
mixed chorus, SATB

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