Thomas L. Read

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Thomas L. Read, composer and violinist, was born in 1938 in Erie, Pennsylvania. He studied violin, composition and conducting at the Oberlin, New England, Mozarteum and Peabody Conservatories with such noted musicians as Andor Toth Sr., Richard Burgin, Bernhard Paumgartner, Leon Fleisher, and Benjamin Lees. As a violinist he has been a member of the Erie Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony, Boston Festival Arts and Handel/Haydn Society Orchestras, Vermont Symphony, and the Saratoga Festival of Baroque Music. Following his appointment as Assistant Professor at the University of Vermont in 1967, his innovative series of new music concerts and lectures (Symposium on Contemporary Music, held annually from 1968 until 1991), in addition to his activities as teacher, violinist, conductor and clinician, led to his reappointment as Professor of Music in 1976; Professor Emeritus, 2008.

He continues to be active as a violin soloist and conductor as well as a composer. Over the past three decades he has created a body of music that projects a consistent and distinctive personal style while embracing a variety of New Music idioms and techniques. Critics, while noting its lyrical qualities, have called his music "substantive and meticulously planned, with a wide expressive range leaving a feeling of rich satisfaction." His seemingly free lyrical forms are the outcome of "compositional strategies that engender multidimensional and fascinatingly equivocal emotional states."

Working with many performers and venues, his music has been heard live and through radio broadcasts across the U.S. and in various European cities including London, Amsterdam, Salzburg and Sofia. Stations that have featured his music include WGBH, WCBR, WBUR in Boston, KGNU in Boulder Colorado, WVPR and WGDR in Vermont. Organizations and performers who have commissioned and premiered his music include The Vermont Symphony Orchestra, The Vermont Friends of Music, The Social Band, The Vermont Youth Orchestra, The Ukrainian String Quartet, The New England Conservatory Alumni Association, Peabody Junior Conservatory, Sage City Symphony, Royall Tyler Theatre and University Players, The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble, North/South Consonance, The Fleming Museum and Cathedral of St. Paul in Burlington, the Raphael Piano Trio, Craftsbury Chamber Players, Bertram Turetzky, Carson Cooman, Mark Nelson, Pam Guidetti, Marge and Richard Veleta, Michael Arnowitt, Neil Boyer, David Cowley, C. Robert Wigness, Paul Orgel, and many others.

Recent premieres (2007-08) include Piano Partita by Paul Orgel (nominated for Pulitzer Prize, 2007), Night Pageantries by Rachael Elliott and Cynthia Huard, Going On by the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble, A Treadmill Of My Own by the Social Band, The Dancing Air by Donna Amato, Three Keyboard Interludes by Carson Cooman, and String Quartet No.3 by the Ukrainian String Quartet, Ostap Shutko, leader. C.F. Peters, Tunbridge Music, Tuba Euphonium Press, the American Composers Edition and Yelton Rhodes Music publish his work.

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2 ADVENTURA (2017)
orch:3-2-2-2,4-3-3-1,timp,3perc,str

3 ALCYONE (1998)
arr. for Narr, chor, 2 synthesizers

5 BENEFICENT SHADOW - SEXTET FOR WINDS (2016)
fl/pic; fl/bsfl; cl1, cl2/bscl, bsn1, bsn2

read_beneficentshadow_excerpt_mvmt_1.mp3

excerpt - Beneficent Shadow - Movement I

6 BOUNDARIES (2014)
flute, harp, percussion (lg. wood block, castanets, roto toms)

7 BRAHMS FANTASY (violin and piano) (1986)
violin and piano

8 BRASS QUINTET NO. 2 (2008)
2 C trumpets, horn, trombone, tuba

9 BRASS QUINTET No. 3 (2015)
2 Tpt in C, Horn in F, Tbn, Tuba

11 BRILLENBASS (1993)
Tuba, 4 sus. cymbals, celesta

12 CAPRICCI (2010)
guitar, two violins, viola, cello

Read_Capricci Excerpt.mp3

excerpt - Capricci for guitar and string quartet

13 CAPRICE EN TRIO for flute, clarinet and bassoon (2006)
flute, clarinet, bassoon

14 CARTOGRAPHY for violin and guitar (2004)
violin and guitar

16 CELEBRATION for chorus and orchestra (2001)
SATB Chorus and Orchestra, 2,picc,2,2,2, 4 hns, 2,3,tuba, strings, timp, perc (3), piano

17 CHAMBER CONCERTO (2011)
Clarinet, Cello, Piano, Percussion(1)

18 CHRISTMAS VARIATIONS (clarinet and cello) (2014)
clarinet, cello

19 COMBINATION 23-20 (1965)
vln,pf

20 CONCATENATION (1967)
fl, pf

21 Concert Champetre, for Guitar and Violoncello (2014)
Guitar and Violoncello

22 CONTRARIES for handbell choir (1994)
Handbell choir

23 CORRENTE for wind trio (1980)
ob, cl, bn

24 CORRIDORS (sextet) (1977)
ob, tpt, hn, tbn, vln, vcl

25 DANCING AIR (1987)
pno

26 DIVERTIMENTO SERIOSO (1983)
clarinet, bassoon, violin, contrabass

29 Eight Responses (1986)
SATB chor, solo and organ

31 FANFARES FOR THE MARBLE COURT (1978)
Brass:2hn,3tpt,2tbn,6perc

32 FIVE SKETCHES (1961)
fl,cl,vla

33 FIVE VIOLIN DUETS (1970)
2 vln

34 FOUR WHITMAN SONGS (2003)
Mz, pf

35 GOING ON (Trio for clarinet, violin, piano) (2007)
clarinet, violin and piano

36 IF WINTER COMES (2017)
fl, pf

38 ISOCHRONISMS NO.2 (string quintet or string orchestra) (1975)
str 5tet: 2-1-1-1 OR str orch
str qnt or str orch

39 ISOCHRONISMS NO.3 (1972)
brass ens: 4hn,6tpt,4tbn, 2tb,timp/vib,2perc

43 LIGHTNING GALOP: FANFARE FOR ORCHESTRA (2014)
picc. 2,2,2,2, 4,3,3,tuba, timp. 2 perc. hp. strings

44 MEET THESE PEOPLE (tuba quartet) (2014)
Four tubas (1. Tba/Euphonium, 2. Tba/Euphonium, 3. Tba, 4. Tba

45 MERIDIAN (2011)
Septet for flute, clarinet, bassoon, perc (vibe, cymbals, drum), guitar, harp, cello

50 NO VERMONTERS IN HEAVEN (2010)
SATB

51 NOVA (solo flute) (1977)
Flute

52 OCTET FOR DOUBLE STRING QUARTET (2009)
4 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos

53 OCTOBER LIGHT (2012)
fl, vla, pf

54 OFFERTORIUM (1971)
2vln,pf

55 ON OCTOBER GROUND (1998)
2 OBOES, 2 HORNS, STRINGS (6.6.4.4.2), optional fl., bn.

57 A PARABLE (2004)
SATB Choir

59 PASTORALE À QUATTRO (2016)
oboe, horn, violin, double bass

62 PIANO MUSIC, VOLUME 3 (1991)
pf

63 PIANO PARTITA (2006)
PF

64 PIANO QUARTET (2014)
Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano

65 Piano Sonata No. 1 (2009)

66 Piano Sonata No. 2 (2010)

68 PSLAM 90
SATB, pf

69 RESOUND! for orchestra (2002)
2fl(picc), 2ob, EH, 2cl, sax, 2bn, 4hn, 2tp, 3 tbn, timp, perc. strings

72 SONATA for Cello and Piano (1961)
vcl,pf

73 SONATA FOR VIOLIN ALONE (1960)
vln

74 Sonata No. 1 for violin and piano (1957)
VIOLIN and piano

75 Sonata No. 2 for violin and piano (1959)
violin and piano

76 SONATA NO. 3 FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO (2009)
violin and piano

77 STRING QUARTET NO. 1 (2008)
string quartet 2-1-1

79 STRING QUARTET No. 3 (1992)
two violins, viola, cello

80 STRING QUARTET NO. 4 (1999)
string quartet

81 SUITE FOR SOLO VIOLIN (1985)
violin

82 SUMMER HOLIDAY (1997)
2 VIOLINS, 'CELLO

83 SUNRISE FABLE for narators and orchestra (1989)
Pairs of winds, 4 hns, 2 tps, 3 tbns, tuba, percussion, piano, strings, 2 narrators (father, son)

84 SYMPHONIC EPISODES (2014)
orch:3/pic-2-2-2,4-3-2-btbn-1, timp,3perc,str

85 SYMPHONY FOR ORCHESTRA WITH PIANO OBLIGATO (1986)
orch: 2/pic-2-2-2,4-3-3-0,pf,2perc,timp,str

86 SYMPHONY No. 2 (2016)
Picc,2,2,EH, 2,B.cl, 2, Contra bn, 4,3,2,Bass tbn, Tba, timp., percussion (3), piano, strings

87 TEN VIOLIN DUETS (1997)
2 violins

88 THE THEN AND THE NOW: Nocturne for Five Players (2016)
Bass Clarinet, Violoncello, Guitar, Harp, Percussion

90 THROUGH THE WHITE DOOR (1992)
Mz, cl, vn, vc

91 TO REACH! TO SING!
cl, vc, pno

92 A TREADMILL OF MY OWN (2007)
SATB Choir

93 TRIO (1960)
vln, vla, vc

94 Trio Concertante (2012)
violin, bass clarinet, piano

95 TRIO NO. 3
vln, vc, pno

96 TRIO NO. 4
vln, vc, pno

97 TWENTYONE VARIATIONS FOR TWO VIOLINS (1997)
Two violins

98 TWO SONGS FOR MALE CHORUS (2004)
T (I, II), B chor

99 VARIATIONS CLASSIQUES for viola and cello (2000)
viola and cello

100 VARIATIONS FOR BRASS QUINTET
2trumpets, horn, trombone, tuba

101 Variations for Eight Instruments (Isochronisms No. 4) (1974)
Cl,Bn,Tp,Tbn,Vln,Vla,Xyl,Pf

102 VARIATIONS FOR PIANO TRIO (1981)
vln,vcl,pf

104 VELA Y DANZA (solo cello) (1989)
solo vlc

105 A VISIT TO THE PARK (1997)
2 violins, cello

107 WHAT STORY AWAITS ITS END? (2009)
Flute, Cl/BsCl, Piano

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