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Richard O. Burdick

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Richard Burdick has been the first horn of Regina Symphony Orchestra since 2003, when he moved to Regina from Northern California.

He worked full-time for Sacramento Symphony in the 1990’s, and was principal horn for Napa Symphony in the late 1980’s. He has been a member of the Music in the Mountains Summer festival orchestra in Grass Valley California since 1993. He has performed concerti by Haydn, Mozart, Quantz, Strauss and Telemann.

Mr. Burdick’s primary focus is on horn performance, but is also an active composer. His compositions are often based on scales suggested by the patterns of the I Ching. He works in a number of different styles from neo-classical, microtonal, meditative, and post-avant-garde.

Richard is an active recording artist who records his own works and a variety of authentic-practice classical works (natural horn), and horn ensemble works.

He has also done many music related jobs such as arranger for Sacramento Symphony, librarian and personal manager for Sacramento Philharmonic, and manager of Trinity Chamber Concerts (chamber music series) in Berkeley, California for 19 years starting in 1984.

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Richard Burdick is the first horn of Regina Symphony Orchestra and the Regina Symphony Chamber Players in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. He is a prolific composer.

          His move to Canada in 2003, with his wife Rebecca and his two boys, marked the start of the fourth major period in his musical Career. I Ching Scales V. 5
        In the 1980’s Richard was first Horn of Napa Symphony, a member of a San Francisco based theater orchestra and played lots of chamber music as manager of Trinity Chamber Concerts, a chamber music series in Berkeley California.
        Starting in 1990 he played fourth Horn full-time for Sacramento Symphony, which went bankrupt in 1996.
        He then won auditions for Fresno Philharmonic, Napa & North State Symphonies and played in Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera.
        He is a prolific composer and has many self produced CD’s of his own compositions, Bach, his classical natural horn playing and multi-track performances of many of his favorites pieces.
        He performs on a variety of horns, a baroque natural horn (1720), a classical era natural horn(1800), a romantic era (1840's) natural horn, a single F horn from the 1880's, his main symphony horn is a Brennan Model Finke triple horn.

Composer Richard O. Burdick:
Richard Burdick is a prolific composer of chamber and orchestral music. He has a large volume of works for chamber music settings and concert halls, many of which feature prominent French horn parts.
        He frequently uses the I Ching as a structural foundation to his music.
        His works vary from quite tonal to improvisational and avant-garde. They also range from minimal to quite random. He has written minimal styles both in the highly sustained and highly repetitive types. His works are very creative, but often have forms and structures that Bach used.
        His variety of works fall into the categories of: avant-garde, expressionist, minimalistic, micro-tonal, modernist, neo-classical, and new-age-meditation styles.
     His use of harmonies is generally freer and is freeing to listen to. He is developing a New-age-meditation style of music based on the vibratory spectrum of sound.Richard Burdick Lion Hearted
        Since 1980, composer Richard Burdick has been using I Ching inspired scales as a foundation for his compositions. The I Ching is sort of a fortune telling system of the ancient Chinese. Being a binary system, it suggests scale intervals of either half steps or whole steps. It is ideal for scales structures and patterns in music.
     Like the scales of Northern India, the scales are divided into two tetra-chord like sets of three intervals. Mr. Burdick uses the perfect fifth to separate the two sets of three intervals. He also has a complete system of fixed tones for each scale that organize the whole system into 64 unique vibratory signatures.
        Richard has worked professionally as a transcriber and/or arranger for the Sacramento Symphony, Concord Pavilion Pops Orchestra and others. He has been a recipient of Meet The Composer funding, Concert sponsorship funding from the city of Davis, California, and was the winner of the 1983 Kensington Symphony Composition Contest with his "Six Medieval Fragments for Orchestra, opus 14."
     Mr. Burdick began composing in 1975 and has had premieres of most of his compositions.

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A great article about Mr. Burdick appeared October 2010 on

He was one of the featured October 2011 composers at:

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Richard Burdick's astrology chart

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CD42 I sound My Horn

CD42 cover-88CD42
Music of
B. Heiden and Burdick
and Burdick


CD35 Twenty-Two Trios
for Horns

CD35 Twenty-two Trios
for Horn, Op. 156

Nothing else like it for horn ensemble! These trios are full of memorable tunes interwoven in fascinating ways, with wonderful twists and turns.

CD34 Natural Horn Music FOUND

Thanks to IMSLP a number of works have come to my attention from moderately obscure composers, which I'm happy to present here performed on the Natural horn. Nineteenth Century composers Du Puy, Comte de Champigny, Alexandre Javault, Johann Peter Heuschekel. Released February 2013.

CD32 American Horn Music
American Horn Music
of the 40's & 50's

“This CD proves that what may have sounded weird sixty years ago now sounds normal and often beautiful.”

There are many lesser-known 20th century composers, who have great worth!

Let’s not forget the music of:
Wendell Otey
Alan Hovhaness
Henry Cowell
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Gunther Schuller.

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I recorded a video with my Wagner Tuba (May 10, 2017): Wagner Tuba Solo

Opus 231 The Woodpecker was completed April 16, 2016

Mr. Burdick performed Strauss's Horn Concerto No. 2 with the Regina Symphony Orchestra on April 8, 2017


The Quartetto for clarinet, eb horn (natural horn), viola and cello by Carl Stamitz is now published

Fall 2016

CD41 "American Horn Music vol. 2" released Oct. 27 2016

CD40 "Retrospective II Horn Quartets No's 1 - 5 released Sept. 9, 2016

Summer 2016

Received a really nice note about my performance in the show "Cinderella" this August. "Thank you Richard your majestic playing has coloured this production with grandeur!"

Nice note

CD40 (9-9-2016) is now one CdBaby.

CD39 "Bach by Popular Demand" is being release August 3rd, 2016 - A Squeal to CD15 Bach Easter Oratorio and my Favorites album - CD17.

Winter 2016

I am please to announce that the Demo of my work “Wizard of OZ (1910) for chamber orchestra with film” is now online. The premiere will be in April.

I seem to get one composition (new or old) completed with published score and demo video a week. This week (Feb 6, 2016): Chamber Symphony No. 11, Op. 220

My Microtonal work: I Ching Base Tones, Op. 176a is up on youtube. There is an interview style introduction and the long video.

Thanks to the Regina Symphony Chamber Players for the Premiere of my Octet Variations, Op. 234 January 16 & 17, 2016.

Fall 2015

CD38 released Dec. 5th, 2015: Matthew Locke's Broken and Flatte Consorts performed on three horns with Finke Triple horn

The demo of my "Little Symphony", Op. 223 for for orchestra.
8:15 great "Canadian Content"!

CD37 Microtonal music of Richard Burdick

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