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Marga Richter
www.margarichter.com/
margarichter@optonline.net

Juilliard. Performed world-wide. Atlanta, Milwaukee Symphonies, Minnesota, London Philharmonic Orchestras, Dusseldorf Ensemble, Western Wind, Joffrey Ballet, Jessye Norman, Menahem Pressler, Walter Trampler. Dramatic, personal, emotionally charged chromaticism (not 12-tone) combined with strong tonal centers, modal orientation, strong rhythmic drive. As of October, 1995 has 19 works recorded on CD/LP.
Marga Richter, Beyond Blackberry Vines and Winter Fruit -the life and works of an important woman composer by Sharon Mirchandani is published through University of Illinois Press

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Character Sketches


Dew-drops On A Lotus Leaf


Journeys, Orchestral Works by American Women


The London Philharmonic Celebrates American Composers


Orchestral Excursions


Poetic Images Beyond Poetry


Riders To The Sea


Snow Mountain: A Spiritual Trilogy


Sparks


Vanguards Volume 2


Works in the NYWC Catalog:

Abyss

Duration: 20'
Instrumentation: 2 Fl, Ob, 2 Cl, Bn, 2 Hn, Tpt, Tbn, Timp, Perc, Hp, Pn, Strings
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

Aria And Toccata

Duration: 10'
Instrumentation: Vla, Strings
Commissioned by MGM records for Walter Trampler. MGM E 3422. Tape avail.
View Video.
Publisher:
Theodore Presser
PA  USA
Office: (800) 854-6764
www.presser.com
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Concerto For Piano And Violas, Cellos And Basses

Duration: 21'
Instrumentation: 4 Vln, 4 Vla, Vc
Commissioned by MGM records for W. Masselos. MGM 3547. Premiered 1957, Masselos, G. Millar, San Francisco.

Darkening Of The Light

Duration: 9'
Instrumentation: Vc
Nine short interconnected pieces. Strong melodic and rhythmic motifs. Moderate to difficult. Tape avail. Fischer Facsimile Edition (FE 136). FISCHER FACSIMILE EDITION (FE 186)

Divers (Diverse) Divertimento

Duration: 20'
Instrumentation: Fl,Ob,/Eng~Hn,Guit
Comprised of 16 movements.
View Video.
Publisher:
Shrewsbury Press
45 Glen Na Little Trail
Huntington, NY  11743
Office: 631-421-1532
www.margarichter.com
margarichter@optonline.net


Do Not Press My Hands

Duration: 5'
Instrumentation: 2 Sop, 2 Alto, 2 Ten, Bar, SSATTB
text Gabriela Mistral; Premiered Western Wind, NYC. Tape available. Shrewsbury Press

Dusseldorf Concerto

Duration: 20'
Instrumentation: Fl, Perc, Hp, Vla, Strings
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.
Publisher:
Carl Fischer, Inc.
65 Bleeker Street
New York, NY  10012
USA
Office: (212) 777-0900


Eight Pieces For Piano

Duration: 6'
Instrumentation: Pn
Advanced (in concept). Tape avail pub Fischer Facsimile Edition FE 135; tape avail. FACSIMILE EDITION
Publisher:
Carl Fischer, Inc.
65 Bleeker Street
New York, NY  10012
USA
Office: (212) 777-0900


Elegy

Duration: 3'30"
Instrumentation: Vln~or~Fl,Pno~or~Guit,Vc(opt)
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

Exequy

Duration: 2'
Instrumentation: Pn
mod. dif., highly emotional. Rec Nanette Kaplan Solomon, Leonarda LE 331 CD. Tape avail Richter perf.
Publisher:
Shrewsbury Press
45 Glen Na Little Trail
Huntington, NY  11743
Office: 631-421-1532
www.margarichter.com
margarichter@optonline.net


Fragments

Duration: 5'
Instrumentation: Pn
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)"
Publisher:
Carl Fischer, Inc.
65 Bleeker Street
New York, NY  10012
USA
Office: (212) 777-0900


Into My Heart (In Memoriam: Alan Skelly)

Duration: 18'30"
Instrumentation: Tbn, Sop, Alto, Ten, bs,
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

Into What Unknown Chamber

Duration: 3'
Instrumentation: Pn, med v
3 poems by Phyllis Roberts.
Publisher:
Shrewsbury Press
45 Glen Na Little Trail
Huntington, NY  11743
Office: 631-421-1532
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margarichter@optonline.net


Jabberwocky

Duration: 3'
Instrumentation: Pn, narrator or med. v
poem by Lewis Carroll. Musical setting reflects moods of poem. Tape avail.
Publisher:
Shrewsbury Press
45 Glen Na Little Trail
Huntington, NY  11743
Office: 631-421-1532
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Lament For Art O'leary

Duration: O'leary
Instrumentation: (1984) 24', Pn, Sop
narrative poem by Eileen O'Leary (the widow of Art O'Leary), 1773, about the death of a leading Irish patriot.
Publisher:
Shrewsbury Press
45 Glen Na Little Trail
Huntington, NY  11743
Office: 631-421-1532
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Landscapes Of The Mind I

Duration: 29'
Instrumentation: 3 Fl, 3 Ob, 3 Cl, 3 Bn, 4 Hn, 4 Tpt, Timp,
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.
Publisher:
Carl Fischer, Inc.
65 Bleeker Street
New York, NY  10012
USA
Office: (212) 777-0900


Landscapes Of The Mind Ii

Duration: 17'
Instrumentation: Pno,Vln
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.
Publisher:
Carl Fischer, Inc.
65 Bleeker Street
New York, NY  10012
USA
Office: (212) 777-0900


Landscapes Of The Mind Iii

Duration: 25'
Instrumentation: Pno,Vln,Vc
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.
Publisher:
Shrewsbury Press
45 Glen Na Little Trail
Huntington, NY  11743
Office: 631-421-1532
www.margarichter.com
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Melodrama

Duration: 16'
Instrumentation: Pn
Originally a modern dance score. Light-hearted, pianistic, virtuosic but not extremely difficult. Tape avail.
Publisher:
Shrewsbury Press
45 Glen Na Little Trail
Huntington, NY  11743
Office: 631-421-1532
www.margarichter.com
margarichter@optonline.net


Obsessions

Duration: 7'
Instrumentation: Bn~or~Tbn

Publisher:
Shrewsbury Press
45 Glen Na Little Trail
Huntington, NY  11743
Office: 631-421-1532
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margarichter@optonline.net


One For Two And Two For Three

Duration: 5'
Instrumentation: 3 Tbn
FISCHER FACSIMILE EDITION (FE 208

Pastorale

Duration: 3'
Instrumentation: 2 Ob


Prelude For Piano (In Memoriam)

Duration: 3'
Instrumentation: Pn
Original melody added to Bach's Prelude No. 1, WTC, transposed to Db minor/major. Tape avail Richter perf.
Publisher:
Shrewsbury Press
45 Glen Na Little Trail
Huntington, NY  11743
Office: 631-421-1532
www.margarichter.com
margarichter@optonline.net


Psalm 91

Duration: 3'30"
Instrumentation: Sop, Alto, Ten, Bs
Tape avail. ELKAN VOGEL

Qhanri (Snow Mountain),

Duration: 33'50"
Instrumentation:
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.
Publisher:
Shrewsbury Press
45 Glen Na Little Trail
Huntington, NY  11743
Office: 631-421-1532
www.margarichter.com
margarichter@optonline.net


Quantum Quirks Of A Quick Quaint Quark No. 2

Duration: 5'
Instrumentation: Org
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.
Publisher:
Vivace Press


Quantum Quirks Of A Quick Quaint Quark No. 3

Duration: 5'
Instrumentation: Pn
(also versions for organ and for orchestra) amusing, pianistic, accessible. Quotes from Anthony Soler. Mod dif. Tape avail, Richter perf.
Publisher:
Shrewsbury Press
45 Glen Na Little Trail
Huntington, NY  11743
Office: 631-421-1532
www.margarichter.com
margarichter@optonline.net


Remembrances

Duration: 3'
Instrumentation: Pn
tape avail Richter perf; has a romantic essence, suitable advanced students to concert artists. ELKAN VOGEL"

Requiem

Duration: 21'
Instrumentation: Soloists, mix Chorus, 3333-4331, Hp, Strings, 5 Perc players.


Ricarcare

Duration: 4'
Instrumentation: 2 Tpt,Tbn~or~Hn,Tbn~or~Tba
modal-sounding with polytonal climax. Intermediate level, suitable high school, college. Tape avail. Fischer Facsimile Edition (FE 209)

Sarah Do Not Mourn Me Dead

Duration: 7'30"
Instrumentation: Pn, Sop, Ten, Sop or Ten
text by Major Sullivan Ballou (American Civil War letter). Tape avail.
Publisher:
Shrewsbury Press
45 Glen Na Little Trail
Huntington, NY  11743
Office: 631-421-1532
www.margarichter.com
margarichter@optonline.net


Seacliff Variations

Duration: 18'
Instrumentation: Pno,Vln,Vla,Vc
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.
Publisher:
Shrewsbury Press
45 Glen Na Little Trail
Huntington, NY  11743
Office: 631-421-1532
www.margarichter.com
margarichter@optonline.net


Seek Him

Duration: 4'30"
Instrumentation: Sop, Alto, Ten, Bs
text: Amos. Tape avail.
Publisher:
Shrewsbury Press
45 Glen Na Little Trail
Huntington, NY  11743
Office: 631-421-1532
www.margarichter.com
margarichter@optonline.net


She At His Funeral

Duration: 3'
Instrumentation: Pn, med v
poem by Thomas Hardy; Premiered Jessye Norman, London, England, 1978; tape avail.
Publisher:
Shrewsbury Press
45 Glen Na Little Trail
Huntington, NY  11743
Office: 631-421-1532
www.margarichter.com
margarichter@optonline.net


Short Prelude In Baroque Style

Duration: 2'
Instrumentation: Pn
intermediate.
Publisher:
Shrewsbury Press
45 Glen Na Little Trail
Huntington, NY  11743
Office: 631-421-1532
www.margarichter.com
margarichter@optonline.net


Shrewsbury: Summer of 2011

Duration: 13'
Instrumentation:
Suite for Piano
View Video.
Publisher:
Shrewsbury Press
45 Glen Na Little Trail
Huntington, NY  11743
Office: 631-421-1532
www.margarichter.com
margarichter@optonline.net


Sieben Lieder

Duration: 22'
Instrumentation: Pn, high v
7 German poems by Francisco Tanzer; emotionally charged, highly personal poetry. Tape avail.
Publisher:
Shrewsbury Press
45 Glen Na Little Trail
Huntington, NY  11743
Office: 631-421-1532
www.margarichter.com
margarichter@optonline.net


Sonata For Clarinet And Piano

Duration: 11'
Instrumentation: Cl,Pno
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.
Publisher:
Shrewsbury Press
45 Glen Na Little Trail
Huntington, NY  11743
Office: 631-421-1532
www.margarichter.com
margarichter@optonline.net


Sonata For Piano

Duration: 21'
Instrumentation: Pn


Sonora

Duration: 10'
Instrumentation: 2 Cl,Pno
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.
Publisher:
Shrewsbury Press
45 Glen Na Little Trail
Huntington, NY  11743
Office: 631-421-1532
www.margarichter.com
margarichter@optonline.net


Soundings

Duration: 9'
Instrumentation: Hpschd
Five short interconnected pieces embodying and leading up to a quote

String Quartet No. 2

Duration: 16'
Instrumentation: 2 Vln,Vla,Vc
"...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.
Publisher:
Shrewsbury Press
45 Glen Na Little Trail
Huntington, NY  11743
Office: 631-421-1532
www.margarichter.com
margarichter@optonline.net


Suite For Violin And Piano

Duration: 9'
Instrumentation: Pno,Sop
Moderate difficulty. Tape avail.
Publisher:
Shrewsbury Press
45 Glen Na Little Trail
Huntington, NY  11743
Office: 631-421-1532
www.margarichter.com
margarichter@optonline.net


Three Songs For Christmas

Duration: 10'
Instrumentation: Sa, Pn or 2 Fl
written for childrens chorus, suitable for women's chorus. Melodic, modal harmony. Tape avail.
Publisher:
Broude Brothers
141 White Oaks Rd.
Williamstown, MA  01267
Office: (800) 525-8559
Fax: (413) 458-8131


Three Songs Of Madness And Death

Duration: 6'
Instrumentation: Sop, Alto, Ten, Bs
text John Webster. Tape avail.
Publisher:
Shrewsbury Press
45 Glen Na Little Trail
Huntington, NY  11743
Office: 631-421-1532
www.margarichter.com
margarichter@optonline.net


Three Songs On Poems Of Emily Dickinson

Duration: 7'
Instrumentation: SSAA. G. SCHIRMER


To Whom?

Duration: 6'
Instrumentation: Sop, Alto, Ten, Bs
text Virginia Wolff; commissioned/Premiered New Calliope Singers, Tully Hall, NYC. Tape avail.
Publisher:
Shrewsbury Press
45 Glen Na Little Trail
Huntington, NY  11743
Office: 631-421-1532
www.margarichter.com
margarichter@optonline.net


Transmutation

Duration: 11'
Instrumentation: Pn, Sop
8 Chinese poems, trans H.H. Hart. Tape avail.
Publisher:
Shrewsbury Press
45 Glen Na Little Trail
Huntington, NY  11743
Office: 631-421-1532
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margarichter@optonline.net


Two Chinese Songs

Duration: 3'
Instrumentation: Pn, Sop
Tape avail.
Publisher:
Shrewsbury Press
45 Glen Na Little Trail
Huntington, NY  11743
Office: 631-421-1532
www.margarichter.com
margarichter@optonline.net


Variations On A Theme By Latimer

Duration: 9'
Instrumentation: Pn
Difficult pianistic. Modal with some strange harmonies and wild dissonances. Tape avail.
Publisher:
Shrewsbury Press
45 Glen Na Little Trail
Huntington, NY  11743
Office: 631-421-1532
www.margarichter.com
margarichter@optonline.net


Variations On A Theme By Neithart Von Reuenthal

Duration: 13'
Instrumentation: Org
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)

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