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Richard Brodhead

Dr. Richard Brodhead

Professor Emeritus, Composition

Departments:

Music Studies: Music Composition

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    • B.A.: Music, Yale University
      A.M.: Composition, University of Pennsylvania

      Richard C. Brodhead was born in 1947 in Philadelphia, where he received his early musical training and heard his first compositions performed.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, as a Scholar of the House in music composition at Yale University, where he studied with Lawrence Moss and Bulent Arel, and his Master’s degree in composition at the University of Pennsylvania, where his principal teacher was Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Richard Wernick.

      Richard Brodhead’s music has been praised as “wondrously sculpted and paced…. Brodhead never forgets the emotion” (Philadelphia Inquirer), and as “ an extended moment of intense contemplation, where meditative calm and emotional anguish merge” (CRI Records).  His compositions include works for symphony orchestra; music for dance; solo works for piano, cello, flute, recorder, guitar, and theorbo; vocal and choral music; and chamber music for a variety of ensembles.

      His music been presented by Network for New Music, Chamber Music Now!, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Hartt School of Music, the Temple/Peregrine Arts Atelier Concerts funded by the Philadelphia Music Project, New Sounds Live! at Lincoln Center’s Merkin Hall, the Delaware Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, and Temple University.  It has been performed by such outstanding artists as cellist Scott Kluksdahl (who recorded Lament for the CRI label), the Lions Gate Trio, the Momenta Quartet, pianist Charles Abramovic, guitarist Allen Krantz, and lutenist Richard Stone, and has been heard on National Public Radio and on Philadelphia-area broadcasts.  Richard Brodhead has taught theory and composition at the University of Pennsylvania, Moravian College, Haverford College, The New School of Music, and since 1986 at Temple University, where he received a Lindback Award for distinguished teaching in 2012 and the Music and Dance Teaching Academy Award in 2009.  Two of his recent composition students – Mena Hanna and William Dougherty – have been awarded Marshall Scholarships for graduate study in the UK.  The Marshall Scholarship, given by the British government, is one of the most prestigious and competitive awards given to US students.

      From 1982 to 1986, Richard Brodhead served as Dean of the New School of Music, and as Acting President in 1986 played a principal role in formulating the merger of the New School with Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance.

      In addition to his teaching responsibilities at Temple, he has served as Director of the New School Institute (1986 – present), Acting Dean of the Boyer College (2001-02), Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs (2002-2006), Provost’s Fellow for the Arts (2001-02), Co-Chair of the Provost’s Commission for the Arts (1998-99), Director of Graduate Studies in Music (1993-2001 and 2009-11), and as a member of the General Education Executive Committee (2005-07).  He has served on the Board of Theodore Presser Company, music publishers, is a past President of The Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia, and currently serves on the Board of Network for New Music and as Composer Representative on the Board of the American Composers Forum – Philadelphia Chapter.

    • Solo Piano Music
      Sonatina Tanguera "Carta de Buenos Aires" (2012)
      Pages from the Photo Album: Eleven Bagatelles for Piano (2011)
      Ad te magister: Birthday Variations for Piano (2007)
      Sonata Classica (2004)
      Pieces of Childhood (1989)

      Works for Unaccompanied Instrument (other than solo piano)
      Evensong, for guitar (2005)
      Verse in Memoriam, for solo flute (2001)
      Fragments of Verse, for solo flute (1998)
      Siblings, Six Pieces for Solo Theorbo (1996)
      Fantasia and Ayre, for alto flute (1994) (A recasting of movements 1 & 2 of Diversions from a Modal Theme.)
      Lament, for solo 'cello (1993)
      Diversions from a Modal Theme, for solo recorders (1991)
      Fantasy Sonata, for viola (1981, rev. 2012)
      Rhapsody for Unaccompanied Cello (1973)

      Instrumental Chamber Music (six or fewer insturments)
      Sonata for Cello and Piano (2012)
      Tango, for six instruments and dancers (2007).  Choreography by Joellen Meglin.
      String Quartet No. 1 (2006)
      Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano: Es ist genug (2000/2004)
      Ex Uno Plures (1998), for oboe and piano
      In Remembrance, for 3 horns (1995)
      Diverse Canons, for 2-6 instruments (1993)
      (Four Canons, a part of this work, can be played as a separate piece.)
      Portraits in Miniature, for violin and viola (1992)

      Works with Solo Voice
      The Prisoner Forsaken, Chamber Cantata for Soprano and Four Instruments (2009); Text: John McIlvain
      A Birthday Tribute, for countertenor and lute (2000)
      Je me souviens... : Songs and Interludes for Soprano and Ensemble (1999); Text: Paul Verlaine
      Small Hours, for mezzo soprano and piano (1997); Text: Sylvia Plath
      Six Songs to Words of T.S. Eliot, for mezzo soprano and piano (1976)

      Choral Music
      Fanfare Alleluia, for SATB chorus and bells (1999)
      Death Be Not Proud, for SATB chorus (1999)
      Stabat Mater, for SATB Chorus and bells (1995)

      Works for Seven to Eleven Players
      Concerto in Light and Shadow: Echoes of Four American Artists (2008)
      Je me souviens... : Songs and Interludes for Soprano and Ensemble (1999);  Text: Paul Verlaine

      Orchestral Music
      Crystallina: A Modern Dance Ballet in Five Scenes (2010).  Scenario: Joellen Meglin; Choreography: Joellen Meglin and Kun Yang Lin
      With Sonorous Voice: Concert Overture for Symphony Orchestra (2003)
      In Celebration: Toccata for Orchestra (2000)
      Episodes, for symphony orchestra (1977)

      Dance Works
      Crystallina: A Modern Dance Ballet in Five Scenes (2010).  Scenario: Joellen Meglin; Choreography: Joellen Meglin and Kun Yang Lin
      Tango, for six instruments and dancers (2007).  Choreography by Joellen Meglin.