Richard Yardumian

  • A twentieth century American composer whose music features considerable religious and mystical infiltration, Richard Yardumian was not a child prodigy nor did he even exhibit any particular interest in music until he began the study of piano and music theory in his twenties. His work attracted the attention of José Iturbi in the 1930s and beginning in 1944, that of Eugene Ormandy, who championed it and performed and even recorded many of his pieces with the prestigious Philadelphia Orchestra. Yardumian studied with American composer Virgil Thomson between the years 1952 and 1954. His works include at least two symphonies, a violin concerto, Armenian Suite, Chorale Prelude, and a larger choral work entitled Come, Creator Spirit. His music is twelve-tone in nature, but not severely dissonant or harsh, relying instead on inspirational themes. He is quoted as saying, “I hold the strong belief that the sooner the churches take up again the promotion and encouragement of the arts, the sooner might be born — centuries from now — another Johann Sebastian Bach!”


  • Cover Title (Subtitle) Duration Instrumentation
    Solo
    460-00042 Chromatic Sonata
    20:00 Piano
    460-00086 Dance
    After Shakespeare’s Sonnet CXXVIII “How Oft When Thou My Music…”
    3:30 Piano Unaccompanied
    163-00037 Ee Kerezman (Resurrection)
    Choral Fantasy for Organ
    8:30 Organ Unaccompanied
    160-00212 Fourth Prelude
    A Study In Octaves and Ninths – for Piano
    3:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    163-00039 Jesu, Meine Freude
    Chorale Prelude for Organ
    14:00 Organ Unaccompanied
    164-00010 Monologue
    For Violin Solo
    6:00 Violin Unaccompanied
    163-00038 My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?
    Chorale Prelude for Organ
    3:15 Organ Unaccompanied
    160-00131 Prelude and Chorale
    For Piano Solo
    3:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    160-00180 Three Preludes
    For Piano Solo
    7:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    Chamber
    164-00119 Epigram: William F. Kincaid
    For Flute and Strings
    6:00 Flute with Piano
    Orchestra
    16027 Armenian Suite
    for Full or Small Orchestra
    16:00 Full Orch.: 4(Picc.) 4(E.H.) 4(B.Cl.) 4(C.Bsn.) – 6 4 4 1; Timp. Perc. Hp. Str.
    Small Orch. (arr. Ofer Ben-Amots) 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 2 0; Timp. 2Perc. Hp. Str.
    164-00209 Cantus Animae Et Cordis
    for String Quartet
    15:00 String Orchestra
    16029 Chorale Prelude
    “Veni, Sancte Spiritus”
    8:00 2 3 2 2 – 2 2 2 0; Hp. Str.
    16030 Desolate City
    (Desolation, Renaissance)
    20:00 4 3 4 4 – 4 4 4 1; Timp. Perc. 2Hp. Str.
    16031 Ee kerezman (Resurrection)
    Chorale-prelude for Chamber Orchestra
    9:00 3 2 2 2 – 2 2 0 1; Timp. Hp. Str.
    16040 Symphonic Suite
    16:00 3 3 3 3 – 4 4 3 1; Timp. Perc. Pno. Hp. Str.
    16041 Symphony No. 1
    (Story of Noah)
    25:00 4 4 4 4 – 4 4 4 1; Timp. Perc. Cel. 2Hp. Str.
    16038 Three Pictographs
    18:00 4 3 4 4 – 4 4 4 1; Timp. Perc. 2Hp. Str.
    16039 Three Preludes (Wind, Sea, Sky)
    7:00 2 3 2 2 – 2 2 2 0; Hp. Str.
    16044 Two Chorale-Preludes
    for Orchestra
    18:00 4 4 4 4 – 4 4 3 1; Timp. Perc. Cel. Hp. Str.
    16045 Two Hymns and A Dance of the Renaissance
    4 4 4 4 – 4 4 4 1; Perc. 2Hp. Str.
    Orchestra with Soloist
    16046 Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
    22:00 Solo Vln.; 3 3 3 3 – 4 4 4 0; Timp. Perc. 2Hp. Str.
    16032 Epigram: William F. Kincaid
    for Flute and String Orchestra (or Flute and String Quartet)
    6:00 Solo Fl.; Str.
    16036 Passacaglia, Recitatives and Fugue
    for Piano and Orchestra
    18:00 Solo Pno.; 3 3 3 3 – 4 4 3 1; Timp. Perc. Pno. Str.
    Orchestra with Voice(s)
    16033 Hrashapar
    4:00 Chorus; 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 2 4 1 1; Timp. Str.
    16034 Mass “Come, Creator Spirit”
    for Vocal Soloist, Chorus and Orchestra
    42:00 Baritone or Mezzo-Soprano Solo, SATB Chorus; 2 2 2 2 – 2 3 2 0; Timp. Perc. Hp. Str.
    16035 Oratorio: Abraham
    for Vocal Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra
    1:08:00 SATB soli, Chorus; 3 3 3 3 – 4 4 4 1; Timp. Perc. Hp. Str.
    16042 Symphony No. 2
    (Psalms) for Medium Voice and Orchestra
    28:00 Med. Voice; 4 4 4 4 – 4 4 4 1; Timp. Perc. Cel. 2Hp. Str.
    16043 To Mary in Heaven
    Poem for Voice and Orchestra
    14:00 Bar. or Mezzo-sop.; 4 4 4 4 – 4 4 3 1; Timp. Cel. Hp. Str.
    Chorus
    362-03305 Magnificat
    S.S.A.A., A Cappella
    6:00 SSAA
    362-03254 Six Christmas Chorales
    SATB Voices, A Cappella
    362-03282 Twelve General Chorales
    S.A.T.B., A Cappella
    13:00 SATB Voices, A Cappella

  • Richard Yardumian RICHARD YARDUMIAN
    BIS Records (BIS-1232 CD); September 1, 2002
    Performer(s): Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Lan Shui, conductor; Nancy Maultsby, mezzoo-soprano; Alexandr Bulov, violin
    Work(s): Armenian Suite
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
    Symphony No. 2

  • Armenian Suite
    for Orchestra
    Cantus Animae et Cordis
    for String Orchestra

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