Richard Danielpour

Biography

Born: January 28, 1956; New York, NY  
Born in the middle of an overwhelmingly diverse musical century, Richard Danielpour established himself as an innovator of a different sort: one who works within a musical inheritance, and seeks originality in the poignancy of expression rather than the novelty of method. Danielpour's accessibility has elicited criticism; one prominent reviewer derided his allegiance to "the dictatorship of the past." While resisting the facile categorization Read more "neo-Romantic," and likewise respecting the 20th century's great musical mavericks, Danielpour embraces his role as a composer "between revolutions."



Early on as a student -- first at the New England Conservatory, then at Juilliard -- Danielpour established his reputation as a skilled pianist (studying under Hollander, Jochum, and Chodus) and gifted composer (under Persichetti and Mennin). In fact, his first Piano Concerto, completed in 1981 (but later withdrawn), was commissioned and received its first performances while Danielpour was yet a Juilliard student. Like many composers of his generation, Danielpour initially subscribed to certain serial methods; his works in the early 1980s employed them extensively. Works from the end of that decade, however, such as First Light (1988) and The Awakened Heart (1990), adopted a broader and more unapologetically expressive style. He emerged in the 1990s as one of a handful of composers, alongside figures including Adams, Rouse, Schwantner, Corigliano, and Kernis, who embraced both the sonic engagement of triadic harmony and the experimental innovations of the previous century -- the familiar sound of the traditional orchestra as well as cultural ubiquity of pop, rock, and jazz. 1996's Concerto for Orchestra ("Zoarastrian Riddles"), for example, hides beneath its ostensibly serious surface musical allusions to Broadway, movies, and television. And like the music of his colleagues in this diverse cohort, Danielpour's works, including several symphonies and concertos and numerous chamber and vocal pieces, resonated with his audience and garnered wide acclaim; in fact, Danielpour became one of only three composers (the others being Stravinsky and Copland) to enjoy an exclusive recording contract with Sony Classical. By the end of the century, Danielpour's resume read like a checklist of classical music's highest honors: he had fulfilled commissions for numerous prestigious orchestras from the San Francisco Symphony to the New York Philharmonic, received several awards (including MacDowell, Rockefeller, and Guggenheim fellowships), completed numerous residencies, and served on the faculties of the Curtis Institute and the Manhattan School of Music. In 2005 he completed his first opera, Margaret Garner, in collaboration with Toni Morrison. Read less
Danielpour: Ancient Voices / Guerrero, St. Clair
Release Date: 06/09/2015   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8578311   Number of Discs: 2
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Danielpour: Toward a Season of Peace / St. Clair
Release Date: 03/25/2014   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559772   Number of Discs: 1
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Danielpour: Darkness In The Ancient Valley / Guerrero, Nashville Symphony
Release Date: 09/24/2013   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559707   Number of Discs: 1
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Danielpour: The Enchanted Garden / Xiayin Wang
Release Date: 03/29/2011   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559669   Number of Discs: 1
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Danielpour: Symphony No 3, First Light, The Awakened Heart / Schwarz, Seattle Symphony
Release Date: 05/29/2012   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559712   Number of Discs: 1
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Richard Danielpour


MOST POPULAR WORKS
Introit: Requiem - Vigil I - Kyrie
Dies Irae
Vigil II - Lacrimosa - Pie Jesu
Sanctus
Benedictus
Lay this Body Down
Agnus Dei
Libera Me - Not in Our Time
Lux Aeterna
I. Into the World's Night
II. Epiphany
III. My Hero Bares His Nerves
Part I
Part II
WORKS
Introit: Requiem - Vigil I - Kyrie
Dies Irae
Vigil II - Lacrimosa - Pie Jesu
Sanctus
Benedictus
Lay this Body Down
Agnus Dei
Libera Me - Not in Our Time
Lux Aeterna
Anima Mundi (1995): 1. Musica Verna
2. Lacrimae Rerum
3. Nox Tenebroso
4. Lux Hiberna
I. Into the World's Night
II. Epiphany
III. My Hero Bares His Nerves
Maestoso-Agitato
Adagio
1. Agitato, (with urgency and rhythmic intensity)
2. Scherzando, (playfully)
3. Adagio non troppo
4. Con moto, ben misurato
I. Vigil
II. Lacrimosa
III. Benediction
IV. Litany
V. In paradisum
Sonnets to Orpheus: I. Prologue
II. Dance the Orange
III. Elegy
IV. Tarantella
V. Anthem
VI. Epilogue
Part I
Part II