Thomas L. Read

Biography: 

Thomas L. Read, noted composer and violinist, is Professor Emeritus at the University of Vermont. Born in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1938, he studied violin, composition and conducting at the Oberlin, Mozarteum, New England and Peabody Conservatories with such noted musicians as Andor Toth Sr., Richard Burgin, Bernhard Paumgartner, Leon Fleisher, and Benjamin Lees. As violinist he has been a member of the Erie Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony, Boston Festival Arts (under Harold Farberman), Vermont Symphony and the Saratoga Festival of Baroque Music. He joined the faculty of the University of Vermont in 1967, becoming Professor Emeritus in 2008. During his more than 40 years on the faculty he taught countless students, conducted and coached many concerts and musical theater productions, and led an innovative series of new music concerts and lectures (Symposium on Contemporary Music, held annually from1968 until 1991).He remains active as a violinist and conductor as well as a composer. He has written music for a variety of media- much of it on commission: music for small ensembles, full orchestra including two symphonies, solo voice, chorus and musical theater. 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 from London to Sofia. He has been a recipient of Vermont Arts Council and University Stipends, UVM Faculty Emeritus Development Award, and  fellowships from organizations such as the McDowell Colony, the Charles Ives Institute, and the Johnson Composers Conference.   A complete repertoire and recording list is at ThomasLRead.com.

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 Barbican Centre, The Social Band, The Vermont Youth Orchestra, Ukrainian String Quartet, The New England Conservatory Alumni Association,  Sage City Symphony, Royall Tyler Theatre and University Players, The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble, North/South Consonance,  Cathedral of St. Paul in Burlington, the Raphael Piano Trio, Craftsbury Chamber Players, Bertram Turetzky, Dona Amato, Carson Cooman, Mark Nelson, Pam Guidetti, Marge and Richard Veleta, Michael Arnowitt, Neil Boyer, David Cowley, C. Robert Wigness, Paul Orgel, and many others.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11 BRONZE EQUINOX (String Symphony) (2017)
string orchestra

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

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

14 CARTOGRAPHY for violin and guitar (2018)
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) (2017)
ob, tpt, hn, tbn, vln, vcl

25 DANCING AIR (1987)
pno

26 DIFFERENCES OF CONDITION (2018)
cl, vln, vla, vcl

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

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

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

34 FIVE SKETCHES (1961)
fl,cl,vla

35 FIVE VIOLIN DUETS (1970)
2 vln

36 FOUR WHITMAN SONGS (2003)
Mz, pf

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

38 IF WINTER COMES (2017)
fl, pf

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

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

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

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

52 NO VERMONTERS IN HEAVEN (2010)
SATB

53 NOVA (solo flute) (1977)
Flute

54 OCTET FOR DOUBLE STRING QUARTET (2017)
double string quartet
4 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos

55 OCTOBER LIGHT (2012)
fl, vla, pf

56 OFFERTORIUM (1971)
2vln,pf

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

59 A PARABLE (2004)
SATB Choir

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

64 PIANO MUSIC, VOLUME 3 (1991)
pf

65 PIANO PARTITA (2017)
Piano

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

67 Piano Sonata No. 1 (2009)

68 Piano Sonata No. 2 (2010)

69 PIANO TRIO No. 1 VARIATIONS (2018)
vln, vcl, pf

70 PIANO TRIO No. 2 (2018)
violin, cello, piano

71 PIANO TRIO NO. 3 (1993)
vln, vcl, pno

72 PIANO TRIO NO. 4 (1994)
vln, vc, pno

74 PSLAM 90
SATB, pf

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

78 SONATA for Cello and Piano (2017)
vcl, pf

79 SONATA FOR VIOLIN ALONE (1960)
vln

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

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

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

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

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

86 STRING QUARTET NO. 4 (1999)
string quartet

87 SUITE FOR SOLO VIOLIN (1985)
violin

88 SUMMER HOLIDAY (1997)
2 VIOLINS, 'CELLO

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

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

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

92 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

94 TEN VIOLIN DUETS (1997)
2 violins

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

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

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

99 A TREADMILL OF MY OWN (2007)
SATB Choir

100 TRIO (1960)
vln, vla, vc

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

102 TWENTYONE VARIATIONS FOR TWO VIOLINS (1997)
Two violins

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

104 VARIATIONS CLASSIQUES for viola and cello (2017)
viola and cello

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

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

108 VELA Y DANZA (solo cello) (2017)
solo cello

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

110 VOICE OF THE MOON (2017)
oboe, piano

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