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Richard Danielpour

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Richard Danielpour (born 28 January 1956 in New York) is an American composer.



Danielpour is said to be[weasel words] a Persian Jew. He studied at Oberlin College and the New England Conservatory of Music, and later at the Juilliard School of Music, where he received a DMA in composition in 1986. His primary composition professors at Juilliard were Vincent Persichetti and Peter Mennin. Danielpour currently teaches at the Manhattan School of Music (since 1993) and the Curtis Institute of Music (since 1997).


In common with many other American composers of the post-war generation, Danielpour began his career in a serialist milieu, but rejected it in the late 1980s in favor of a more ecumenical and "accessible" idiom. He cites the Beatles—along with John Adams, Christopher Rouse, and Joseph Schwantner—as influences on his more recent musical style.He also makes frequent references to Hemingway and Whitman, saying the emotion in prose and verse can be translated to music.[citation needed] Danielpour's notable works include First Light (1988) for chamber orchestra, three symphonies (1985, 1986, and 1990), four piano concerti (1981, 1993, 2002 and 2009), the ballet Anima mundi (1995), and most recently, the opera Margaret Garner (2005).

Select list of works





  • "String Quartet No. 1 - Requiem" (1983), for two violins, viola & cello
  • Piano Quintet (1988), for string quartet & piano
  • Urban Dances (Book 1) (1988), for brass quintet
  • Sonnets to Orpheus, Book 1 (1992), for soprano solo, flute, clarinet, horn, piano, percussion & string quintet
  • Songs of the Night (1993), for tenor & piano trio
  • String Quartet No. 2 - Shadow Dances (1993), for two violins, viola & cello
  • Urban Dances, Book 2 (1993), for brass quintet
  • Sonnets to Orpheus, Book 2 (1994), for baritone solo, flute, clarinet, horn, piano, percussion & string quintet
  • String Quartet No. 3 - Psalms of Sorrow (1994), for baritone solo, two violins, viola & cello
  • Fantasy Variations (1997), for cello & piano
  • Sweet Talk (1997), for mezzo-soprano, cello, double bass & piano
  • Feast of Fools - Concertino (1998), for bassoon & string quartet
  • A Child's Reliquary (2000), for piano trio
  • As Night Falls on Barjeantane (2000), for violin & piano
  • String Quartet No. 4 - Apparitions (2000), two violins, viola & cello
  • Portraits (2001), for mezzo-soprano, clarinet, violin, cello & piano
  • String Quartet No. 5 - In Search of "La Vita Nuova" (2004), for two violins, viola & cello
  • Troubadour's Feast (2005), for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello & piano
  • The Book of Hours (2006), for piano quartet
  • Benediction (2007), for two horns, two trumpets, three trombones & chimes
  • River of Light (2007), for violin & piano
  • Kaddish (2008), for violin solo & string septet
  • Remembering Neda (2009), for flute, cello & piano
  • String Quartet No. 6 - Addio (2009), for two violins, viola & cello
  • The Faces of Guernica (2009), for piano trio


  • Oratio Pauli (1982), for S.A.T.B. choir & string orchestra
  • Symphony No. 3 - Journey Without Distance (1990), for soprano solo, S.A.T.B. choir & orchestra
  • Canticle of Peace (1995), for baritone solo, S.A.T.B. choir & chamber orchestra
  • An American Requiem (2001), for mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone soli, S.A.T.B. choir & orchestra


  • Symphony No. 2 - Visions (1986), for soprano, tenor soli & orchestra
  • Sonnets to Orpheus, Book 1 (1992), for soprano solo & ensemble
  • Songs of the Night (1993), for tenor solo & piano trio
  • Sonnets to Orpheus, Book 2 (1994), for baritone solo & ensemble
  • String Quartet No. 3 - Psalms of Sorrow (1994), for baritone solo & string quartet
  • I Am Not Prey (1996), for soprano & piano duet
  • Elegies (1997), for mezzo-soprano, baritone soli & orchestra
  • Sweet Talk (1997), for mezzo-soprano solo & small ensemble
  • Spirits in the Well (1998), for treble solo & piano
  • Portraits (2001), for soprano solo & small ensemble
  • Songs of Solitude (2004), for baritone solo & orchestra
  • Four Arias, from "Margaret Garner" (2005), for baritone & piano
  • He Is By, from "Margaret Garner" (2005), for soprano & piano
  • Three Arias, from "Margaret Garner" (2005), for mezzo-soprano & piano
  • Pastime (2006), for baritone solo & orchestra
  • Triptych (2006), for mezzo-soprano & orchestra
  • A Woman's Life (2007), for soprano & orchestra
  • Three Prayers (2007), for soprano solo & orchestra
  • Come Up from the Fields Father (2008) for baritone, viola and piano; words by Walt Whitman
  • Songs from an Old War (2009), for baritone & piano

Solo instrumental

  • Psalms (1985), for piano
  • Sonata (1986), for piano
  • The Enchanted Garden (Preludes, Book 1) (1992), for piano
  • Mardi Gras (1992), for piano
  • Elegy (2003), for piano
  • Three Preludes (2003), for piano
  • Piano Fantasy: "Wenn Ich Einmal Soll Schneiden" (2008), for piano
  • The Enchanted Garden (Preludes, Book 2) (2009), for piano

Current/recent projects

Danielpour's current and forthcoming projects includes works for Yo-Yo Ma, the Iris Chamber Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Guarneri Quartet, Atlanta Symphony, Music from Copland House, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, Singapore Symhony, Orchestre National de Lyon and the WDR Symphony Orchestra, Cologne. [1]



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