Marga Richter (1926-2020)

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Marga Richter (1926-2020)

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Marga Richter lived almost every day of her 93 years completely on her own terms, composing new works until the end and passed peacefully at home June 25, 2020.
Performed world-wide. Atlanta, Milwaukee Symphonies, Minnesota, London Philharmonic Orchestras, Dusseldorf Ensemble, Western Wind, Joffrey Ballet, Jessye Norman, Menahem Pressler, Walter Trampler.
Her music is dramatic, personal, emotionally charged chromaticism (not 12-tone) combined with strong tonal centers, modal orientation, strong rhythmic drive.
Marga Richter was born in Reedsburg, Wisconsin and received her early musical training in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the Juilliard School where she studied composition with William Bergsma and Vincent Persichetti and piano with Rosalyn Tureck.
While she was still at Juilliard, several of her compositions were presented at a Composer’s Forum in New York, and the critics found in them many of the qualities that were to characterize all of her subsequent work. The Times called them “restless, inventive, dissonant, clean and well-realized.” The Herald Tribune reported:
“Her most valuable natural attributes are an original sense of rhythm, a sense of drama in choice of materials and, above all, an ability to make her own forms grow from the very nature of her materials and ideas.”
Her music first came to national attention in the late 1950’s through a series of recording on MGM Records by Maro Ajemian, William Masselos, Menahem Pressler, Izler Solomon and Walter Trampler. Then, in 1964, the Harkness Ballet commissioned her to write the score for the ballet, Abyss, which was performed in most of the major cities of Europe and North and South America during the next few years. It has since been added to the repertoires of the Joffrey and Boston Ballet Companies. A second ballet commissioned by Harkness, Bird of Yearning, received its world premiere in Cologne in 1969.
Beginning in 1968 and continuing throughout the next decade she wrote a series of pieces called Landscapes of the Mind. The first is a large piano concerto, directly inspired by two paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe and the instrumental music of India. Landscapes II is for violin and piano and Landscapes III is for piano trio. All of these pieces, as well as three others written during the same period (Blackberry Vines and Winter Fruit, Music for Three Quintets and Orchestra and Requiem) make use of the same or related thematic material and thus provide a ten-year continuity of musical thought.
Since 1975 her music appeared with increasing frequency on orchestral and recital programs. Among the orchestras which have played her works are the Minnesota Orchestra, The Milwaukee Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the National Gallery orchestra and the Oklahoma, Tucson, Oakland, Madison and Maracaibo Symphonies. Soloists who have performed her music include Jessye Norman, Daniel Heifetz, William Masselos, Karen Phillips, Peter Basquin, Vivian Taylor and Leonard Raver.
Ms. Richter received grants, awards and commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund, the National Federation of Music Clubs, Meet-the-Composer and ASCAP. As a pianist, she frequently performed her own compositions with orchestras and on recital programs.
A biography by Sharon Mirchandani is published through University of Illinois Press and available on Amazon.
Tenor Will George wrote a lovely remembrance, which includes many links to her music.
A rare archival video interview with hosted by Judith St. Croix features An Exploration of the Creative Mind
A brief interview with Marga by filmmaker Leslie Streit for the documentary An American Ballet Story
A Personal Tribute by friend and colleague, composer Rain Worthington on PARMA Recordings Blog
New York Times obituary
Washington Post obituary

Shrewsbury: Summer of 2011

Year: 2011

Duration (in minutes): 13'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: piano

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: Suite for Piano

Divers (Diverse) Divertimento

Year: 2005

Duration (in minutes): 20'39;

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players

Instruments: any brass, any string, any woodwind, English horn, flute, guitar, horn, oboe

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: Comprised of 16 movements.

Sarah Do Not Mourn Me Dead

Year: 1995

Duration (in minutes): 7'39;30'34;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: text by Major Sullivan Ballou (American Civil War letter). Tape avail.

Elegy

Year: 1994

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;30'34;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: mixed instrument ensemble, mixed instrument trio, small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players

Instruments: any string, any woodwind, cello, flute, guitar, piano, violin

Description: Trio-cadenza from Triple Concerto "...beside the still waters." Original melody added to Bach's Prelude No. 1, WTC, transposed to Db minor/major. SHREWSBURY PRESS

Quantum Quirks Of A Quick Quaint Quark No. 3

Year: 1993

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: piano

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: (also versions for organ and for orchestra) amusing, pianistic, accessible. Quotes from Anthony Soler. Mod dif. Tape avail, Richter perf.

Prelude For Piano (In Memoriam)

Year: 1992

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: piano

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: Original melody added to Bach's Prelude No. 1, WTC, transposed to Db minor/major. Tape avail Richter perf.

Quantum Quirks Of A Quick Quaint Quark No. 2

Year: 1992

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo instrument other than piano

Instruments: organ

Publisher: Vivace Press

Description: premiered by Amer. Guild of Organists, Atlanta, 1992, Barbara Harbach; Recorded Harbach, Gasparo GSCD 294. "What a witty and interesting piece! I loved performing it. The response to the piece has been wonderful." harbach. Tape avail.

Into My Heart (In Memoriam: Alan Skelly)

Year: 1990

Duration (in minutes): 18'39;30'34;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral

Description: chamber ensemble (ob, 2 tpt, hn, bar, tu, timp, perc, vn or pn 4-hands. Suitable high school, college or proessional chorus; 7 poems by Whitman, Frost, Housman, Martin, Schurr, Skelly; Premiered Atlanta, GA, 5/91, State Univ Georgia. Tape avail. SHEWSBURY PRESS

Obsessions

Year: 1986

Duration (in minutes): 7'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo brass instrument, solo instrument other than piano, solo woodwind instrument

Instruments: any brass, any woodwind, bassoon, trombone

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Sieben Lieder

Year: 1985

Duration (in minutes): 22'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: 7 German poems by Francisco Tanzer; emotionally charged, highly personal poetry. Tape avail.

Lament For Art O'leary

Year: 1984

Duration (in minutes): O'39;leary

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: narrative poem by Eileen O'Leary (the widow of Art O'Leary), 1773, about the death of a leading Irish patriot.

Seacliff Variations

Year: 1984

Duration (in minutes): 18'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: mixed instrument ensemble, mixed instrument quartet, small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players

Instruments: any string, cello, piano, viola, violin

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: commissioned/prem/recorded by Sea Cliff Chamber Players. Musical Heritage Soc 512563L CD. "The writing is extraordinarily powerful, building an emotional tension right from the opening notes...You listen to this music with your soul. S. Rosehaus, Musical Heritage. Tape avail.

Three Songs On Poems Of Emily Dickinson

Year: 1982

Duration (in minutes): 7'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral

Dusseldorf Concerto

Year: 1982

Duration (in minutes): 20'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: concertos

Publisher: Carl Fischer, Inc.

Description: concerto for solo fl, solo va, solo hp. Commissioned/Premiered Dusseldorf Ensemble, Salzburg, Austria, 1982. American Premiered NH Music Festival, T. Nee, cond, 1987. Uses Beethoven, Brahms, American Hymn as source material. "...A skilful handling of means that resulted in a completely finished work,...in no sense a pastiche...the endeavor of a composer to contend with." Pinto, The Montclarion, Oakland, CA. Tape avail.

Sonora

Year: 1981

Duration (in minutes): 10'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: mixed instrument ensemble, mixed instrument trio, small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players

Instruments: any woodwind, clarinet, piano

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: commissioned/prem/recorded The Drucker Trio, Leonarda LPI 122LP. Inspired by the Sonora Desert Landscape. Mod dif. "...exploits the sonority possibilities in unexpected and interesting ways." R. Croan, Pittsburgh Post Gazette. "...a dark but not somber piece...piquant...a very fine and lovely piece." DPS, American Record Guide. Tape avail.

Do Not Press My Hands

Year: 1981

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral

Description: text Gabriela Mistral; Premiered Western Wind, NYC. Tape available. Shrewsbury Press

To Whom?

Year: 1980

Duration (in minutes): 6'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: text Virginia Wolff; commissioned/Premiered New Calliope Singers, Tully Hall, NYC. Tape avail.

Exequy

Year: 1980

Duration (in minutes): 2'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: piano

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: mod. dif., highly emotional. Rec Nanette Kaplan Solomon, Leonarda LE 331 CD. Tape avail Richter perf.

Landscapes Of The Mind Iii

Year: 1979

Duration (in minutes): 25'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: mixed instrument ensemble, mixed instrument trio, piano trio (vln, vc, pno), small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players

Instruments: any string, cello, piano, violin

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: commissioned/Premiered National Fed. Music Clubs; inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe paintings. "...a haunting trio...a humdinger piece, lyrical and nostalgic but up to the minute in style." H. Tircuit, San Francisco Chronicle. Tape avail.

Requiem

Year: 1978

Duration (in minutes): 21'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: piano

Remembrances

Year: 1977

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: piano

Description: tape avail Richter perf; has a romantic essence, suitable advanced students to concert artists. ELKAN VOGEL"

Darkening Of The Light

Year: 1976

Duration (in minutes): 9'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo instrument other than piano, solo string instrument

Instruments: cello

Description: Nine short interconnected pieces. Strong melodic and rhythmic motifs. Moderate to difficult. Tape avail. Fischer Facsimile Edition (FE 136). FISCHER FACSIMILE EDITION (FE 186)

Pastorale

Year: 1975

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players, woodwind ensemble

Instruments: any woodwind, oboe

One For Two And Two For Three

Year: 1974

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: brass ensemble, brass trio, small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players

Instruments: any brass, trombone

Description: FISCHER FACSIMILE EDITION (FE 208

Variations On A Theme By Neithart Von Reuenthal

Year: 1974

Duration (in minutes): 13'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo instrument other than piano

Instruments: organ

Description: The work grew into a rich development of sounds that made splendid use of the organ's tonal potentials. Byron Belt, Newhouse Newspapers (1976). FISCHER FACSIMILE EDITION (FE 84)

Landscapes Of The Mind I

Year: 1974

Duration (in minutes): 29'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: concertos

Publisher: Carl Fischer, Inc.

Description: perc, cel, hp, pn, elec guit, elec bass, elec. tamboura or sitar (or synthesizer or orch pn), strs, orch pn Premiered W. Masselos, pn, Tucson Symph, 1976; N. Hinderas, pn, Atlanta Symph, L. Lane, cond, 1986; inspired by G. O'Keeffe paintings and Indian Ragas. "...the piece challenges, compels, soothes, stimulates, and ultimately enthralls." D. Henry, Atlanta Constitution/Journal. "...undeniable triumph...It seems like a succession of craggy, smoldering mental images malignantly parading past like figures on a Hellenic frieze." L. Cheek, Tucson Daily Citizen. Tape avail.

Short Prelude In Baroque Style

Year: 1974

Duration (in minutes): 2'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: piano

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: intermediate.

Landscapes Of The Mind Ii

Year: 1971

Duration (in minutes): 17'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players, solo instrument with piano, solo string with piano

Instruments: any string, piano, violin

Publisher: Carl Fischer, Inc.

Description: Commissioned by Daniel Heifetz. NY Premiered Alice Tully Hall 4/77, D. Heifetz, vn, A. Epperson, pn. Rec D. Heifetz, vn, Michael Skelly, pn, Leonarda LPI 122 LP and reissued Leonarda LE 337 CD. Repertory list Rockefeller American Music Competition. 2nd piece in the Landscape series inspired by Georgie O'Keeffe paintings. ...one of the most attractive contemporary pieces I have heard in a long time." Harris Goldsmith, Musical America. "...a compelling mysterious, brooding piece well worth adding to the standard repertory." M. Acheson, Sounthampton Press. Tape avail.

Soundings

Year: 1965

Duration (in minutes): 9'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo instrument other than piano

Instruments: any string, harp, harpsichord

Description: Five short interconnected pieces embodying and leading up to a quote

Seek Him

Year: 1965

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;30'34;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: text: Amos. Tape avail.

Three Songs For Christmas

Year: 1964

Duration (in minutes): 10'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral

Publisher: Broude Brothers

Description: written for childrens chorus, suitable for women's chorus. Melodic, modal harmony. Tape avail.

Suite For Violin And Piano

Year: 1964

Duration (in minutes): 9'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo instrument with piano, solo string with piano

Instruments: piano, violin

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: Moderate difficulty. Tape avail.

Abyss

Year: 1964

Duration (in minutes): 20'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: orchestra and chamber orchestra

Instruments: bassoon, harp, oboe, percussion, timpani, trombone, trumpet

Description: Commissioned by Harkness Ballet, Premiered Cannes, 1965. "...no doubt as to its success as a concert piece...entire work...clearly belongs in the standard orchestra repertoire." A. Wagner, Madison Capital Times. Tape avail. THEODORE PRESSER

Variations On A Theme By Latimer

Year: 1964

Duration (in minutes): 9'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: piano

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: Difficult pianistic. Modal with some strange harmonies and wild dissonances. Tape avail.

Fragments

Year: 1963

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: piano

Publisher: Carl Fischer, Inc.

Description: rec Nanette Kaplan Solomon, Leonarda LE 331 CD. mod. dif. A set of five short interconnected pieces of varied moods. Tape avail, Marga Richter perf. FACSIMILE EDITION (FE 135)"

Psalm 91

Year: 1963

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;30'34;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral

Description: Tape avail. ELKAN VOGEL

Eight Pieces For Piano

Year: 1961

Duration (in minutes): 6'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: piano

Publisher: Carl Fischer, Inc.

Description: Advanced (in concept). Tape avail pub Fischer Facsimile Edition FE 135; tape avail. FACSIMILE EDITION

Melodrama

Year: 1958

Duration (in minutes): 16'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: piano

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: Originally a modern dance score. Light-hearted, pianistic, virtuosic but not extremely difficult. Tape avail.

String Quartet No. 2

Year: 1958

Duration (in minutes): 16'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players, string ensemble, string quartet

Instruments: any string, cello, viola, violin

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: "...a work of stature and technical ability free of academic restraint." M. Acheson, Southhampton Press. "...an exceptionally personable work...The fugue, comprised of three contrasting subjects, is an orgy of contrapuntal playfulness." L. Sanders, The Soho News. Tape avail.

Ricarcare

Year: 1958

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: brass ensemble, brass quartet, small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players

Instruments: any brass, horn, trombone, trumpet, tuba

Description: modal-sounding with polytonal climax. Intermediate level, suitable high school, college. Tape avail. Fischer Facsimile Edition (FE 209)

Aria And Toccata

Year: 1957

Duration (in minutes): 10'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: concertos

Publisher: Theodore Presser

Description: Commissioned by MGM records for Walter Trampler. MGM E 3422. Tape avail.

Three Songs Of Madness And Death

Year: 1955

Duration (in minutes): 6'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: text John Webster. Tape avail.

Concerto For Piano And Violas, Cellos And Basses

Year: 1955

Duration (in minutes): 21'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: concertos

Description: Commissioned by MGM records for W. Masselos. MGM 3547. Premiered 1957, Masselos, G. Millar, San Francisco.

Sonata For Piano

Year: 1954

Duration (in minutes): 21'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: piano

She At His Funeral

Year: 1954

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: poem by Thomas Hardy; Premiered Jessye Norman, London, England, 1978; tape avail.

Two Chinese Songs

Year: 1953

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: Tape avail.

Into What Unknown Chamber

Year: 1950

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: 3 poems by Phyllis Roberts.

Transmutation

Year: 1949

Duration (in minutes): 11'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: 8 Chinese poems, trans H.H. Hart. Tape avail.

Sonata For Clarinet And Piano

Year: 1948

Duration (in minutes): 11'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players, solo instrument with piano, solo woodwind with piano

Instruments: any woodwind, clarinet, piano

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: NY Premiered Composers Forum, 1951; Herbert Tichman, cl, Marga Richter, pn. "...restless, inventive, dissonant, clean and well-realized." NY Times. "...an original sense of rhythm,...drama in choice of materials...an ability to make her own forms grow by the very nature of her ideas." P. Glanville-Hicks. Tape avail.

Jabberwocky

Year: 1942

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: poem by Lewis Carroll. Musical setting reflects moods of poem. Tape avail.

Qhanri (Snow Mountain),

Duration (in minutes): 33'39;50'34;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: pn, vc - inspired by trip to Tibet, its landscapes and people. Premiered D. Wells, vc, M. Richter, pn,, 1991, Yellow Barn Music Fest., Putney, Vt. "...has the ability to touch very deep emotional and psychic areas within us and our audiences...a masterpiece." D. Wells. "Quanri contains music of quiet power,reaching an austere nobility at times." M. Anderson, Fanfare. Rec David Wells, vc, Marga Richter, pn, Leonarda LE 337 CD. "The jewel of this particular crown [Leonarda 337] is 'Quanri/Snow Mountain; Tibetan Variations' a startling ritual drama inspired by Richter's 1986 trip to Tibet. This 36-minute tour de force for cello and piano, employing 'chromatic alterations' of a Jokhang Temple chant, here receives a performance to cherish....With this recording, as with Leonarda's other CDs of Marga Richter's music, the label is doing something to remedy the concert scenes neglect of a powerful, original voice." Michael Redmond, Newark Star Ledger. Tape avail.

Landscapes of the Mind II and Sonora (vinyl)

1984 original LP vinyl record. Includes Marga Richter's Landscapes of the Mind II and Sonora. Marga Richter (Composer), Don Freund (Composer), Thomas Christian David (Composer), Daniel Heifetz (Performer), Michael Skelly (Performer), The Drucker Trio (Performer), The Verdehr Trio (Performer)

Composers: Marga Richter, and others

Label: Leonarda Productions, Inc.

Product ID: LP1 122

Buy URL: https://www.amazon.com/Richter-Landscapes-Sonora-Freund-Triomusic/dp/B001VE2EGW/ref=sr_1_14?dchild=1&keywords=marga+richter&qid=1593657738&s=music&sr=1-14

Vocal Music of Marga Richter, Vol. 2

Lament for Art O'Leary, Testament, Sieben Lieder. Performers include Sara Paar, Andrea Lodge, Melissa Maravell, Terry Keevil, William George & Corey Hamm.

Composers: Marga Richter

Product ID: DC2037

Buy URL: https://www.amazon.com/Vocal-Music-Marga-Richter-Vol/dp/B084ZR4HQW/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=Marga+Richter&qid=1593613473&s=dmusic&search-type=ss&sr=1-2

Playing on the Edge

PLAYING ON THE EDGE brings inspiration and experience from all walks of life into one string quartet collection, which Includes music by NYWC composers: Jennifer Castellano Images by Paul Klee, and Marga Richter String Quartet No. 3.
(Also available on Spotify & AppleMusic.)

Composers: Marga Richter, Jennifer Castellano, & others

Label: Navona Records, LLC

Product ID: NV6249

Buy URL: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07VFQNWPJ

Buy URL 2: https://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/album.jsp?album_id=2291487

Set No Limits

The works for clarinet/piano duo on this recording were composed by five distinguished women working in the United States. The five pieces were chosen because each conveys something intimate and important to the performers, Jessica Lindsey, clarinet and Christian Bohnenstengel, piano.

Composers: Marga Richter, Katherine Hoover, Ruth Schonthal, & others

Label: Albany Records

Product ID: B07896QSF8

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Dew-drops On A Lotus Leaf

The first recording devoted to Marga Richter's vocal music. Performed by William George, tenor, and Andrea Lodge, pianist.

Composers: Marga Richter

Buy URL: https://redshiftmusicsociety.bandcamp.com/album/dew-drops-on-a-lotus-leaf

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Vanguards Volume 2

Marga Richter's "Out of Shadows and Solitude", (from her Ravello CD "Poetic Images Beyond Poetry" Selected Works for Orchestra)
Mary Ann Joyce-Walter’s "Cantata for the Children of Terezin", (from her Ravello CD "Cantata for the Children of Terezin”)

Composers: Marga Richter, Mary Ann Joyce-Walter

Label: Ravello Records

Product ID: RR7902

Buy URL: http://www.amazon.com/Vanguards%C2%B2-Various-artists/dp/B00QT0VV6W/ref=sr_1_1?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=1421260025&sr=1-1&keywords=vanguards2

Buy URL 2: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/vanguards2/id949590125

London Philharmonic Celebrates American Composers

Includes Blackberry Vines and Winter Fruit for string orchestra, performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Composers: Marga Richter, and others.

Label: Leonarda Productions, Inc.

Product ID: LE331

Buy URL: http://www.leonarda.com/le331.html

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Journeys, Orchestral Works by American Women

Includes Lament for string orchestra by Marga Richter; and Summer Night by Katherine Hoover.

Composers: Marga Richter, Katherine Hoover, others.

Label: Leonarda Productions, Inc.

Product ID: LE327

Buy URL: https://www.amazon.com/Libby-Larsen/dp/B000004AER/ref=sr_1_13?dchild=1&keywords=marga+richter&qid=1593656624&s=music&sr=1-13

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Snow Mountain: A Spiritual Trilogy

Music for cello and piano, violin and piano, and solo piano. Qhanri (snow mountain)
Tibetan Variations for Cello and Piano, Requiem, Landscapes of the Mind II
. David Wells, cello; Marga Richter, piano; Daniel Heifetz, violin; Michael Skelly, piano.

Composers: Marga Richter

Label: Leonarda Productions, Inc.

Product ID: LE337

Buy URL: http://www.leonarda.com/le337.html

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Orchestral Excursions

Variations and Interludes on Themes from Monteverdi and Bach, a triple concerto for violin, cello and piano. The Polish Radio National Symphony; Joel Suben, conductor; Renata Knific, violin; Pamela Frame, cello; Robert Weirich, piano.

Composers: Marga Richter, Howard Harris.

Label: Leonarda Productions, Inc.

Product ID: LE351

Buy URL: http://www.leonarda.com/le351.html

Buy URL 2: http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/album.jsp?album_id=92972

Poetic Images Beyond Poetry

Includes orchestral worksSpectral Chimes/Enshrouded Hills, Quantum Quirks of a Quick Quaint Quark, and Out of Shadows and Solitude, conducted by Gerard Schwarz, with the Czech Radio Orchestra, and the Seattle Symphony.

Composers: Marga Richter

Label: Ravello Records

Product ID: RAV7867

Buy URL: http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/album.jsp?album_id=859450

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Riders To The Sea

Riders to the Sea, a chamber opera in one act, and Kyrie for string quartet and double bass.

Composers: Marga Richter

Label: Leonarda Productions, Inc.

Product ID: LE358

Buy URL: http://www.leonarda.com/le358.html

Buy URL 2: http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/album.jsp?album_id=757472

Shrewsbury: Summer of 2011

Composer: Marga Richter

Description: Performed by Marga Richter, November 20, 2011, at a Long Island Composers Alliance (LICA) concert.

Video URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ocf3N6eu-I

Divers (Diverse) Divertimento

Composer: Marga Richter

Description: Comprised of 16 Movements. Performed by the Erato Ensemble (Jeff Pelletier, flute; Lauris Davis, oboe/english horn; Adrian Verdejo, guitar)

Video URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yq5_sytRavw

Summer Reverie on a Mountainside for Clarinet Duo

Composer: Marga Richter

Description: Performed by Guido Arbonelli & Natalia Benedetti of The Namaste Ensemble from Perugia, Italy for the Long Island Composers Alliance.

Video URL: https://youtu.be/YONh8F4rsYI

Aria & Toccata for Viola and String Orchestra

Composer: Marga Richter

Description: Marga Richter composed Aria & Toccata for Viola and String Orchestra for Walter Trampler at the request of MGM Records in the fall months of 1956. The work exists in an alternate version for viola and piano and it is in this form that it has been played most widely by Mr. Trampler since its successful recital introduction at the Library of Congress.

Video URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bK6ztjNVG_Q

BIOGRAPHY
Marga Richter lived almost every day of her 93 years completely on her own terms, composing new works until the end and passed peacefully at home June 25, 2020.
Performed world-wide. Atlanta, Milwaukee Symphonies, Minnesota, London Philharmonic Orchestras, Dusseldorf Ensemble, Western Wind, Joffrey Ballet, Jessye Norman, Menahem Pressler, Walter Trampler.
Her music is dramatic, personal, emotionally charged chromaticism (not 12-tone) combined with strong tonal centers, modal orientation, strong rhythmic drive.
Marga Richter was born in Reedsburg, Wisconsin and received her early musical training in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees at the Juilliard School where she studied composition with William Bergsma and Vincent Persichetti and piano with Rosalyn Tureck.
While she was still at Juilliard, several of her compositions were presented at a Composer's Forum in New York, and the critics found in them many of the qualities that were to characterize all of her subsequent work. The Times called them "restless, inventive, dissonant, clean and well-realized." The Herald Tribune reported:
"Her most valuable natural attributes are an original sense of rhythm, a sense of drama in choice of materials and, above all, an ability to make her own forms grow from the very nature of her materials and ideas."
Her music first came to national attention in the late 1950's through a series of recording on MGM Records by Maro Ajemian, William Masselos, Menahem Pressler, Izler Solomon and Walter Trampler. Then, in 1964, the Harkness Ballet commissioned her to write the score for the ballet, Abyss, which was performed in most of the major cities of Europe and North and South America during the next few years. It has since been added to the repertoires of the Joffrey and Boston Ballet Companies. A second ballet commissioned by Harkness, Bird of Yearning, received its world premiere in Cologne in 1969.
Beginning in 1968 and continuing throughout the next decade she wrote a series of pieces called Landscapes of the Mind. The first is a large piano concerto, directly inspired by two paintings by Georgia O'Keeffe and the instrumental music of India. Landscapes II is for violin and piano and Landscapes III is for piano trio. All of these pieces, as well as three others written during the same period (Blackberry Vines and Winter Fruit, Music for Three Quintets and Orchestra and Requiem) make use of the same or related thematic material and thus provide a ten-year continuity of musical thought.
Since 1975 her music appeared with increasing frequency on orchestral and recital programs. Among the orchestras which have played her works are the Minnesota Orchestra, The Milwaukee Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the National Gallery orchestra and the Oklahoma, Tucson, Oakland, Madison and Maracaibo Symphonies. Soloists who have performed her music include Jessye Norman, Daniel Heifetz, William Masselos, Karen Phillips, Peter Basquin, Vivian Taylor and Leonard Raver.
Ms. Richter received grants, awards and commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund, the National Federation of Music Clubs, Meet-the-Composer and ASCAP. As a pianist, she frequently performed her own compositions with orchestras and on recital programs.
A biography by Sharon Mirchandani is published through University of Illinois Press and available on Amazon.
Tenor Will George wrote a lovely remembrance, which includes many links to her music.
A rare archival video interview with hosted by Judith St. Croix features An Exploration of the Creative Mind
A brief interview with Marga by filmmaker Leslie Streit for the documentary An American Ballet Story
A Personal Tribute by friend and colleague, composer Rain Worthington on PARMA Recordings Blog
New York Times obituary
Washington Post obituary
COMPOSITIONS

Shrewsbury: Summer of 2011

Year: 2011

Duration (in minutes): 13'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: piano

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: Suite for Piano

Divers (Diverse) Divertimento

Year: 2005

Duration (in minutes): 20'39;

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players

Instruments: any brass, any string, any woodwind, English horn, flute, guitar, horn, oboe

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: Comprised of 16 movements.

Sarah Do Not Mourn Me Dead

Year: 1995

Duration (in minutes): 7'39;30'34;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: text by Major Sullivan Ballou (American Civil War letter). Tape avail.

Elegy

Year: 1994

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;30'34;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: mixed instrument ensemble, mixed instrument trio, small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players

Instruments: any string, any woodwind, cello, flute, guitar, piano, violin

Description: Trio-cadenza from Triple Concerto "...beside the still waters." Original melody added to Bach's Prelude No. 1, WTC, transposed to Db minor/major. SHREWSBURY PRESS

Quantum Quirks Of A Quick Quaint Quark No. 3

Year: 1993

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: piano

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: (also versions for organ and for orchestra) amusing, pianistic, accessible. Quotes from Anthony Soler. Mod dif. Tape avail, Richter perf.

Prelude For Piano (In Memoriam)

Year: 1992

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: piano

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: Original melody added to Bach's Prelude No. 1, WTC, transposed to Db minor/major. Tape avail Richter perf.

Quantum Quirks Of A Quick Quaint Quark No. 2

Year: 1992

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo instrument other than piano

Instruments: organ

Publisher: Vivace Press

Description: premiered by Amer. Guild of Organists, Atlanta, 1992, Barbara Harbach; Recorded Harbach, Gasparo GSCD 294. "What a witty and interesting piece! I loved performing it. The response to the piece has been wonderful." harbach. Tape avail.

Into My Heart (In Memoriam: Alan Skelly)

Year: 1990

Duration (in minutes): 18'39;30'34;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral

Description: chamber ensemble (ob, 2 tpt, hn, bar, tu, timp, perc, vn or pn 4-hands. Suitable high school, college or proessional chorus; 7 poems by Whitman, Frost, Housman, Martin, Schurr, Skelly; Premiered Atlanta, GA, 5/91, State Univ Georgia. Tape avail. SHEWSBURY PRESS

Obsessions

Year: 1986

Duration (in minutes): 7'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo brass instrument, solo instrument other than piano, solo woodwind instrument

Instruments: any brass, any woodwind, bassoon, trombone

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Sieben Lieder

Year: 1985

Duration (in minutes): 22'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: 7 German poems by Francisco Tanzer; emotionally charged, highly personal poetry. Tape avail.

Lament For Art O'leary

Year: 1984

Duration (in minutes): O'39;leary

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: narrative poem by Eileen O'Leary (the widow of Art O'Leary), 1773, about the death of a leading Irish patriot.

Seacliff Variations

Year: 1984

Duration (in minutes): 18'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: mixed instrument ensemble, mixed instrument quartet, small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players

Instruments: any string, cello, piano, viola, violin

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: commissioned/prem/recorded by Sea Cliff Chamber Players. Musical Heritage Soc 512563L CD. "The writing is extraordinarily powerful, building an emotional tension right from the opening notes...You listen to this music with your soul. S. Rosehaus, Musical Heritage. Tape avail.

Three Songs On Poems Of Emily Dickinson

Year: 1982

Duration (in minutes): 7'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral

Dusseldorf Concerto

Year: 1982

Duration (in minutes): 20'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: concertos

Publisher: Carl Fischer, Inc.

Description: concerto for solo fl, solo va, solo hp. Commissioned/Premiered Dusseldorf Ensemble, Salzburg, Austria, 1982. American Premiered NH Music Festival, T. Nee, cond, 1987. Uses Beethoven, Brahms, American Hymn as source material. "...A skilful handling of means that resulted in a completely finished work,...in no sense a pastiche...the endeavor of a composer to contend with." Pinto, The Montclarion, Oakland, CA. Tape avail.

Sonora

Year: 1981

Duration (in minutes): 10'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: mixed instrument ensemble, mixed instrument trio, small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players

Instruments: any woodwind, clarinet, piano

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: commissioned/prem/recorded The Drucker Trio, Leonarda LPI 122LP. Inspired by the Sonora Desert Landscape. Mod dif. "...exploits the sonority possibilities in unexpected and interesting ways." R. Croan, Pittsburgh Post Gazette. "...a dark but not somber piece...piquant...a very fine and lovely piece." DPS, American Record Guide. Tape avail.

Do Not Press My Hands

Year: 1981

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral

Description: text Gabriela Mistral; Premiered Western Wind, NYC. Tape available. Shrewsbury Press

To Whom?

Year: 1980

Duration (in minutes): 6'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: text Virginia Wolff; commissioned/Premiered New Calliope Singers, Tully Hall, NYC. Tape avail.

Exequy

Year: 1980

Duration (in minutes): 2'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: piano

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: mod. dif., highly emotional. Rec Nanette Kaplan Solomon, Leonarda LE 331 CD. Tape avail Richter perf.

Landscapes Of The Mind Iii

Year: 1979

Duration (in minutes): 25'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: mixed instrument ensemble, mixed instrument trio, piano trio (vln, vc, pno), small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players

Instruments: any string, cello, piano, violin

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: commissioned/Premiered National Fed. Music Clubs; inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe paintings. "...a haunting trio...a humdinger piece, lyrical and nostalgic but up to the minute in style." H. Tircuit, San Francisco Chronicle. Tape avail.

Requiem

Year: 1978

Duration (in minutes): 21'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: piano

Remembrances

Year: 1977

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: piano

Description: tape avail Richter perf; has a romantic essence, suitable advanced students to concert artists. ELKAN VOGEL"

Darkening Of The Light

Year: 1976

Duration (in minutes): 9'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo instrument other than piano, solo string instrument

Instruments: cello

Description: Nine short interconnected pieces. Strong melodic and rhythmic motifs. Moderate to difficult. Tape avail. Fischer Facsimile Edition (FE 136). FISCHER FACSIMILE EDITION (FE 186)

Pastorale

Year: 1975

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players, woodwind ensemble

Instruments: any woodwind, oboe

One For Two And Two For Three

Year: 1974

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: brass ensemble, brass trio, small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players

Instruments: any brass, trombone

Description: FISCHER FACSIMILE EDITION (FE 208

Variations On A Theme By Neithart Von Reuenthal

Year: 1974

Duration (in minutes): 13'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo instrument other than piano

Instruments: organ

Description: The work grew into a rich development of sounds that made splendid use of the organ's tonal potentials. Byron Belt, Newhouse Newspapers (1976). FISCHER FACSIMILE EDITION (FE 84)

Landscapes Of The Mind I

Year: 1974

Duration (in minutes): 29'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: concertos

Publisher: Carl Fischer, Inc.

Description: perc, cel, hp, pn, elec guit, elec bass, elec. tamboura or sitar (or synthesizer or orch pn), strs, orch pn Premiered W. Masselos, pn, Tucson Symph, 1976; N. Hinderas, pn, Atlanta Symph, L. Lane, cond, 1986; inspired by G. O'Keeffe paintings and Indian Ragas. "...the piece challenges, compels, soothes, stimulates, and ultimately enthralls." D. Henry, Atlanta Constitution/Journal. "...undeniable triumph...It seems like a succession of craggy, smoldering mental images malignantly parading past like figures on a Hellenic frieze." L. Cheek, Tucson Daily Citizen. Tape avail.

Short Prelude In Baroque Style

Year: 1974

Duration (in minutes): 2'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: piano

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: intermediate.

Landscapes Of The Mind Ii

Year: 1971

Duration (in minutes): 17'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players, solo instrument with piano, solo string with piano

Instruments: any string, piano, violin

Publisher: Carl Fischer, Inc.

Description: Commissioned by Daniel Heifetz. NY Premiered Alice Tully Hall 4/77, D. Heifetz, vn, A. Epperson, pn. Rec D. Heifetz, vn, Michael Skelly, pn, Leonarda LPI 122 LP and reissued Leonarda LE 337 CD. Repertory list Rockefeller American Music Competition. 2nd piece in the Landscape series inspired by Georgie O'Keeffe paintings. ...one of the most attractive contemporary pieces I have heard in a long time." Harris Goldsmith, Musical America. "...a compelling mysterious, brooding piece well worth adding to the standard repertory." M. Acheson, Sounthampton Press. Tape avail.

Soundings

Year: 1965

Duration (in minutes): 9'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo instrument other than piano

Instruments: any string, harp, harpsichord

Description: Five short interconnected pieces embodying and leading up to a quote

Seek Him

Year: 1965

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;30'34;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: text: Amos. Tape avail.

Three Songs For Christmas

Year: 1964

Duration (in minutes): 10'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral

Publisher: Broude Brothers

Description: written for childrens chorus, suitable for women's chorus. Melodic, modal harmony. Tape avail.

Suite For Violin And Piano

Year: 1964

Duration (in minutes): 9'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo instrument with piano, solo string with piano

Instruments: piano, violin

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: Moderate difficulty. Tape avail.

Abyss

Year: 1964

Duration (in minutes): 20'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: orchestra and chamber orchestra

Instruments: bassoon, harp, oboe, percussion, timpani, trombone, trumpet

Description: Commissioned by Harkness Ballet, Premiered Cannes, 1965. "...no doubt as to its success as a concert piece...entire work...clearly belongs in the standard orchestra repertoire." A. Wagner, Madison Capital Times. Tape avail. THEODORE PRESSER

Variations On A Theme By Latimer

Year: 1964

Duration (in minutes): 9'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: piano

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: Difficult pianistic. Modal with some strange harmonies and wild dissonances. Tape avail.

Fragments

Year: 1963

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: piano

Publisher: Carl Fischer, Inc.

Description: rec Nanette Kaplan Solomon, Leonarda LE 331 CD. mod. dif. A set of five short interconnected pieces of varied moods. Tape avail, Marga Richter perf. FACSIMILE EDITION (FE 135)"

Psalm 91

Year: 1963

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;30'34;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral

Description: Tape avail. ELKAN VOGEL

Eight Pieces For Piano

Year: 1961

Duration (in minutes): 6'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: piano

Publisher: Carl Fischer, Inc.

Description: Advanced (in concept). Tape avail pub Fischer Facsimile Edition FE 135; tape avail. FACSIMILE EDITION

Melodrama

Year: 1958

Duration (in minutes): 16'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: piano

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: Originally a modern dance score. Light-hearted, pianistic, virtuosic but not extremely difficult. Tape avail.

String Quartet No. 2

Year: 1958

Duration (in minutes): 16'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players, string ensemble, string quartet

Instruments: any string, cello, viola, violin

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: "...a work of stature and technical ability free of academic restraint." M. Acheson, Southhampton Press. "...an exceptionally personable work...The fugue, comprised of three contrasting subjects, is an orgy of contrapuntal playfulness." L. Sanders, The Soho News. Tape avail.

Ricarcare

Year: 1958

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: brass ensemble, brass quartet, small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players

Instruments: any brass, horn, trombone, trumpet, tuba

Description: modal-sounding with polytonal climax. Intermediate level, suitable high school, college. Tape avail. Fischer Facsimile Edition (FE 209)

Aria And Toccata

Year: 1957

Duration (in minutes): 10'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: concertos

Publisher: Theodore Presser

Description: Commissioned by MGM records for Walter Trampler. MGM E 3422. Tape avail.

Three Songs Of Madness And Death

Year: 1955

Duration (in minutes): 6'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: text John Webster. Tape avail.

Concerto For Piano And Violas, Cellos And Basses

Year: 1955

Duration (in minutes): 21'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: concertos

Description: Commissioned by MGM records for W. Masselos. MGM 3547. Premiered 1957, Masselos, G. Millar, San Francisco.

Sonata For Piano

Year: 1954

Duration (in minutes): 21'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: piano

She At His Funeral

Year: 1954

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: poem by Thomas Hardy; Premiered Jessye Norman, London, England, 1978; tape avail.

Two Chinese Songs

Year: 1953

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: Tape avail.

Into What Unknown Chamber

Year: 1950

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: 3 poems by Phyllis Roberts.

Transmutation

Year: 1949

Duration (in minutes): 11'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: 8 Chinese poems, trans H.H. Hart. Tape avail.

Sonata For Clarinet And Piano

Year: 1948

Duration (in minutes): 11'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players, solo instrument with piano, solo woodwind with piano

Instruments: any woodwind, clarinet, piano

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: NY Premiered Composers Forum, 1951; Herbert Tichman, cl, Marga Richter, pn. "...restless, inventive, dissonant, clean and well-realized." NY Times. "...an original sense of rhythm,...drama in choice of materials...an ability to make her own forms grow by the very nature of her ideas." P. Glanville-Hicks. Tape avail.

Jabberwocky

Year: 1942

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: poem by Lewis Carroll. Musical setting reflects moods of poem. Tape avail.

Qhanri (Snow Mountain),

Duration (in minutes): 33'39;50'34;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players

Publisher: Shrewsbury Press

Description: pn, vc - inspired by trip to Tibet, its landscapes and people. Premiered D. Wells, vc, M. Richter, pn,, 1991, Yellow Barn Music Fest., Putney, Vt. "...has the ability to touch very deep emotional and psychic areas within us and our audiences...a masterpiece." D. Wells. "Quanri contains music of quiet power,reaching an austere nobility at times." M. Anderson, Fanfare. Rec David Wells, vc, Marga Richter, pn, Leonarda LE 337 CD. "The jewel of this particular crown [Leonarda 337] is 'Quanri/Snow Mountain; Tibetan Variations' a startling ritual drama inspired by Richter's 1986 trip to Tibet. This 36-minute tour de force for cello and piano, employing 'chromatic alterations' of a Jokhang Temple chant, here receives a performance to cherish....With this recording, as with Leonarda's other CDs of Marga Richter's music, the label is doing something to remedy the concert scenes neglect of a powerful, original voice." Michael Redmond, Newark Star Ledger. Tape avail.

CDs

Landscapes of the Mind II and Sonora (vinyl)

1984 original LP vinyl record. Includes Marga Richter's Landscapes of the Mind II and Sonora. Marga Richter (Composer), Don Freund (Composer), Thomas Christian David (Composer), Daniel Heifetz (Performer), Michael Skelly (Performer), The Drucker Trio (Performer), The Verdehr Trio (Performer)

Composers: Marga Richter, and others

Label: Leonarda Productions, Inc.

Product ID: LP1 122

Vocal Music of Marga Richter, Vol. 2

Lament for Art O'Leary, Testament, Sieben Lieder. Performers include Sara Paar, Andrea Lodge, Melissa Maravell, Terry Keevil, William George & Corey Hamm.

Composers: Marga Richter

Product ID: DC2037

Playing on the Edge

PLAYING ON THE EDGE brings inspiration and experience from all walks of life into one string quartet collection, which Includes music by NYWC composers: Jennifer Castellano Images by Paul Klee, and Marga Richter String Quartet No. 3.
(Also available on Spotify & AppleMusic.)

Composers: Marga Richter, Jennifer Castellano, & others

Label: Navona Records, LLC

Product ID: NV6249

Buy URL 2: https://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/album.jsp?album_id=2291487

Set No Limits

The works for clarinet/piano duo on this recording were composed by five distinguished women working in the United States. The five pieces were chosen because each conveys something intimate and important to the performers, Jessica Lindsey, clarinet and Christian Bohnenstengel, piano.

Composers: Marga Richter, Katherine Hoover, Ruth Schonthal, & others

Label: Albany Records

Product ID: B07896QSF8

Dew-drops On A Lotus Leaf

The first recording devoted to Marga Richter's vocal music. Performed by William George, tenor, and Andrea Lodge, pianist.

Composers: Marga Richter

Buy URL 2: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/williamgeorgetenorandrea

Vanguards Volume 2

Marga Richter's "Out of Shadows and Solitude", (from her Ravello CD "Poetic Images Beyond Poetry" Selected Works for Orchestra)
Mary Ann Joyce-Walter’s "Cantata for the Children of Terezin", (from her Ravello CD "Cantata for the Children of Terezin”)

Composers: Marga Richter, Mary Ann Joyce-Walter

Label: Ravello Records

Product ID: RR7902

Buy URL 2: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/vanguards2/id949590125

London Philharmonic Celebrates American Composers

Includes Blackberry Vines and Winter Fruit for string orchestra, performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Composers: Marga Richter, and others.

Label: Leonarda Productions, Inc.

Product ID: LE331

Buy URL 2: http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/album.jsp?album_id=50218

Journeys, Orchestral Works by American Women

Includes Lament for string orchestra by Marga Richter; and Summer Night by Katherine Hoover.

Composers: Marga Richter, Katherine Hoover, others.

Label: Leonarda Productions, Inc.

Product ID: LE327

Buy URL 2: http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/album.jsp?album_id=50053

Snow Mountain: A Spiritual Trilogy

Music for cello and piano, violin and piano, and solo piano. Qhanri (snow mountain)
Tibetan Variations for Cello and Piano, Requiem, Landscapes of the Mind II
. David Wells, cello; Marga Richter, piano; Daniel Heifetz, violin; Michael Skelly, piano.

Composers: Marga Richter

Label: Leonarda Productions, Inc.

Product ID: LE337

Buy URL 2: http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/album.jsp?album_id=64616

Orchestral Excursions

Variations and Interludes on Themes from Monteverdi and Bach, a triple concerto for violin, cello and piano. The Polish Radio National Symphony; Joel Suben, conductor; Renata Knific, violin; Pamela Frame, cello; Robert Weirich, piano.

Composers: Marga Richter, Howard Harris.

Label: Leonarda Productions, Inc.

Product ID: LE351

Buy URL 2: http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/album.jsp?album_id=92972

Poetic Images Beyond Poetry

Includes orchestral worksSpectral Chimes/Enshrouded Hills, Quantum Quirks of a Quick Quaint Quark, and Out of Shadows and Solitude, conducted by Gerard Schwarz, with the Czech Radio Orchestra, and the Seattle Symphony.

Composers: Marga Richter

Label: Ravello Records

Product ID: RAV7867

Buy URL 2: http://www.amazon.com/Richter-Poetic-Images-Beyond-Poetry/dp/B00ARWDSMI/ref=sr_1_4?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1412787192&sr=1-4&keywords=%22marga+richter%22

Riders To The Sea

Riders to the Sea, a chamber opera in one act, and Kyrie for string quartet and double bass.

Composers: Marga Richter

Label: Leonarda Productions, Inc.

Product ID: LE358

Buy URL 2: http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/album.jsp?album_id=757472

VIDEOS

Shrewsbury: Summer of 2011

Composer: Marga Richter

Description: Performed by Marga Richter, November 20, 2011, at a Long Island Composers Alliance (LICA) concert.

Video URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ocf3N6eu-I

Divers (Diverse) Divertimento

Composer: Marga Richter

Description: Comprised of 16 Movements. Performed by the Erato Ensemble (Jeff Pelletier, flute; Lauris Davis, oboe/english horn; Adrian Verdejo, guitar)

Video URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yq5_sytRavw

Summer Reverie on a Mountainside for Clarinet Duo

Composer: Marga Richter

Description: Performed by Guido Arbonelli & Natalia Benedetti of The Namaste Ensemble from Perugia, Italy for the Long Island Composers Alliance.

Video URL: https://youtu.be/YONh8F4rsYI

Aria & Toccata for Viola and String Orchestra

Composer: Marga Richter

Description: Marga Richter composed Aria & Toccata for Viola and String Orchestra for Walter Trampler at the request of MGM Records in the fall months of 1956. The work exists in an alternate version for viola and piano and it is in this form that it has been played most widely by Mr. Trampler since its successful recital introduction at the Library of Congress.

Video URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bK6ztjNVG_Q

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