Celebrating Richard Yardumian’s Centenary

The centenary of RICHARD YARDUMIAN‘s birth was celebrated on April 5th. Born in Philadelphia, Richard served in World War II before returning home to establish himself as one of the city’s finest composers. He had a close relationship with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra, which earned him the prestigious title of “Composer Laureate” from 1949 until 1964. During that time the orchestra premiered nine of his works and produced four recordings. Explore a few of these recordings below.

Armenian Suite (1954)
For Orchestra
Duration:
16′
Full Orchestration: 4(Picc.) 4(E.H.) 4(B.Cl.) 4(C.Bsn.) – 6 4 4 1; Timp. Perc. Hp. Str.
Small Orchestration (arr. Ofer Ben-Amots): 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 2 0; Timp. 2Perc. Hp. Str.
Perusal Score
Passacaglia, Recitatives and Fugue (1957)
For Piano and Orchestra
Duration:
18′
Orchestration: Solo Pno.; 3 3 3 3 – 4 4 3 1; Timp. Perc. Pno. Str.
Symphony No. 1 (Story of Noah) (1950)
Duration: 25′
Orchestration: 4 4 4 4 – 4 4 4 1; Timp. Perc. Cel. 2Hp. Str.
Veni, Sancte Spiritus (1959)
For Orchestra
Duration:
8′
Orchestration: 2 3 2 2 – 2 2 2 0; Hp. Str.
Violin Concerto (1949)
For Violin and Orchestra
Duration:
24′
Orchestration: Solo Vln.; 3 3 3 3 – 4 4 4 0; Timp. Perc. 2Hp. Str.
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