Richard Derby

Composer

List of Compositions

To listen to recordings of selected works, click on the links included in the description of the compositions.  Recordings are extracted from the Sibelius music notation application unless otherwise noted.  

Scores are available on request.
Richard Derby performing his music at a NACUSA-LA concert in Beverly Hills on June 26, 2016.
2018

 - Woodwind Quartet
    > Flute, oboe, clarinet in Bb, bassoon
    > Duration:  21’15”

                         Woodwind Quartet recording on SoundCloud
  
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  - Ostinaughty 
    > Solo alto saxophone
    > "Those repeated notes just aren't doing what they're supposed to do."
    > Duration:  3’30”

                         Ostinaughty recording on SoundCloud
  
2017

 - Aria
    > Tenor trombone solo
    > Duration: 3’15”

 - Piano Concerto
    > Solo piano and full orchestra
    > Duration:  21’00”
                        Piano Concerto recording on SoundCloud
  
2016

 - Victims of Gun Violence
    > Flute, clarinet, piano, snare drum, violin, cello
    > Duration: 6’00”
​        * six movements
    > Performed at NACUSA-LA "Contemporary Music for Contemporary Issues" concert in Tustin, California
        on September 23, 1917
  
 - Monody
    > Bb trumpet solo
        * Also arranged for English Horn
    > Duration:  3’30”
                             Monody recording on SoundCloud








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​​- Fluctuation
    > Harp solo
    > Duration: 3'45"
                        Fluctuation recording on SoundCloud
​​- Duo for Violin and Piano
    > Violin, piano
    > Duration:  17'40”​

​        * two movements
                        Duo for Violin and Piano recording on SoundCloud


    
  
​​2015
 

- Tone Poem
    > Full orchestra
    > Duration: 11’45”

Etude for Two Pianos
    > Two pianos
        * Re-composition of XII from "Twelve Pretudes" for solo piano (2010)
    > Duration: 2'30"

Suite for Brass Quintet
    > Two Bb trumpets, horn, tenor trombone, bass trombone
    > Duration: 16'00"
        * six movements

​​2014
 

- Introspection
    > Viola solo

        * Also arranged for violin and viola
    > Duration: 3’30”


- Three Madrigals for six solo voices
    > Soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, bass
    > Duration: 10'00"

-  Double Trio
    > Trio I: flute, clarinet, bassoon;  Trio II: violin, viola, cello
    > Duration: 13'00"

​                        Recording of Double Trio on SoundCloud
-  Crossings
    > Bassoon solo
    > Duration: 2'50"

    > Performed by Jonathan Stehney at NACUSA-LA concerts on August 27, 2016 in Northridge, CA and on
       August 28, 2016 in Culver City, CA.
-  Isolation
    > Flute solo
    > Duration: 4'45"
    > First performed by Mary Palchak at Chapman University, Orange, CA on September 21, 2014.

​                        Recording of Isolation on SoundCloud
-  Chaconne
    > Organ solo
    > Duration: 8'00"

-  Reflection
    > Clarinet, bass clarinet, string orchestra
    > Duration: 7'15"

​                        Recording of Reflection on SoundCloud
​​2013

- Toccata
    > Guitar solo

    > Duration: 2’30”
​                        Recording of Toccata on SoundCloud









- A Theme for My Song
    > Four songs for soprano and piano
        * Poems by Charlene Derby (composer's wife)
    > Duration: 20'00"

Tribute
    > Cello solo, in memory of Elliott Carter
        * Also arranged for violin solo
    > Duration: 3'00"
    > Performed by Maggie Parkins, cello, at NACUSA-LA concert on July 11, 2015 in Culver City.


                        Recording of Tribute on SoundCloud
​​- Violin Concerto
   > Solo violin and full orchestra
   > Duration: 21'20"
        * Three movements; second movement dedicated to the memory of Marvin Meyer.


                            Recording of Violin Concerto on SoundCloud
2012

 - Night Scene
    > Chamber orchestra
    > Duration: 6’00”

 
  
2011

 - String Quartet No. 3
    > Violin I, violin II, viola, cello
    > Duration: 19’30”
        * Six movements, played without pause
    > First movement performed at NACUSA-LA concert at Cal State University, Northridge on October 28, 2012.
       Second movement performed by the Lyris Quartet at NACUSA-LA concert at Cal State University, Northridge on                     February 5, 2017.

                        Recording of String Quartet No. 3 on SoundCloud
    
  
2010

 - Solitude
    > Oboe solo
    > Duration: 2’30”

- Patterns
    > String orchestra
    > Duration: 6’00”


- Twelve Pretudes
    > Piano solo
    > Duration: 24’30”

    > Performances:
        * V performed by David Clemensen on September 29, 2013 in Newport Beach.
        * II and III performed by the composer at NACUSA-LA concerts on June 25, 2016
           (Burbank) and on June 26, 2016 (Beverly Hills).
        * I and V performed by the composer at a NACUSA-LA concert on January 7, 2017
           in Culver City.
         * IV performed by the composer at a NACUSA-LA concert on July 30, 2017 in Burbank.
         * I and V performed by Jason Stoll at a NACUSA-LA concert on January 21, 2018 at
            California State University at Northridge.

    > To listen to recordings of the Twelve Pretudes, click on the link:

          Derby: Twelve Pretudes on Soundcloud
 


 
    
  
2009

 - Concerto Grosso
    > Chamber orchestra
    > Duration: 13’10”

- Duo for Trombone and Piano
    > Tenor trombone, piano
    > Duration:  14'15"

 
  
2008

 - Three Motets
    > Choir (a cappella)
    > Duration: 6’15”

- Night Fog
    > Tuba solo
    > Duration:  5'10"
    >  Written for Michale Musick and performed by him on his master's degree recital at the
         University of Southern California on February 21, 2009

- Trio for Oboe, Horn and Cello
    > Oboe, horn, cello
    > Duration:  14'15" 

 
  
2007
​ - Concerto for Orchestra
 
  > Full orchestra
    > Duration: 22’00”
    > Performed by the University of California Irvine Symphony, Stephen Tucker, conductor,
       on March 13 and March 14, 2009.



​​2006
​ - Transformations
    > Piano solo
    > Duration: 12’00”


2005

 - Valedictory
    > Clarinet solo
        * For the composer's mother.
    > Duration: 4’30”
    > Performed by Kay Nevin for California Concert Artists concerts on April 21, 2007)
       (Mission Viejo) and on April 22, 2007 (Irvine).
        * Recording of Kay Nevin's Irvine performance posted on SoundCloud (click on the link):

              Valedictory - recording on SoundCloud 

- Wind Quintet
    > Flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon
    > Duration:  18'00"

 
  
2004

 - Sonata for Solo Violin
    > Violin solo
    > Duration: 23’00”

 
  
2003

 - Memorial
    > Double bass solo
        * "For the victims of September 11, 2001."
        * Commissioned by Southwest Chamber Music.
    > Duration: 8’00”
    > Performed by Tom Peters:
        * Southwest Chamber Music concerts in Pasadena on November 7, 2004 and November 13, 2004.
        * Southwest Chamber Music concert in Los Angeles on November 16, 2004
        * March 20, 2005 in Santa Ana.
        * July 17, 2005 in Pasadena.
    > From Los Angeles Times review by Josef Woodward on November 15, 2004:
        “ . . . Derby's piece packs its power into a tiny package. . . . Blessed with low-end gravitas and a huge timbral range,              the instrument shifts in this work from fractured, agitated pizzicato parts to mournful arco lines, spectral harmonics            and complex overtones, all of which telegraph aspects of the 9/11 experience in Derby's score. Horror, confusion,                  ineffable melancholy, and the painful path to resolution are poetically implied.”

- String Quartet No. 2
    > Violin I, violin II, viola, cello
    > Duration:  19'00"

 
  
2001

 - Symphony No. 3
    > Full orchestra
    > Duration: 23’00”

 
  
1999

 - The Piercing Chord
    > Soprano, piano
    > Duration:  20'30"

 
  
​​1997

- Quintet for Flute, Piano and Strings
    > Flute, piano, violin, viola, cello
        * Commissioned by Southwest Chamber Music
    > Performed on Southwest Chamber Music concerts in Pasadena
        (May 21 and 22, 1999) and Los Angeles (May 25, 1999).
    > Included in Southwest Chamber Music's "Composer Portrait Series"
        Cambria Master Recordings 8805 compact disk.
        * From a review in the American Record Guide (May-June 2001):
           "This composer is quite fascinating in his use of a style usually
           associated with rapid movement but in music slow enough to
           concentrate on each individual sound."

              Southwest Chamber Music recording (select, copy and paste link
              into new window):
        ​
                     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mi6Bz_HTjfY
​​1995

- Duo for Horn and Piano
    > Horn, piano
        * Commissioned by Southwest Chamber Music
    > Performed on a Southwest Chamber Music concert in Pasadena on
        November 24, 1996.
    > Included in Southwest Chamber Music's "Composer Portrait Series"
        Cambria Master Recordings 8805 compact disk.
        * From Southwest Chamber Music's website:  "None other than Elliott Carter recommended Richard Derby to
           Southwest Chamber Music.  The result is this successful disk of works written for the ensemble between
           1993 and 1997."
       
              Southwest Chamber Music recording (select, copy and paste link into new window):
        ​
1994

 - In Memoriam
    > Handbell choir
        * Written in memory of the composer's father.
    > Duration:  5'20"

 
  
​​1993

- Soliloquy
    > Horn solo
    > Performed on a Southwest Chamber Music concert in Pasadena on March 8, 1998.
    > Included in Southwest Chamber Music's "Composer Portrait Series" Cambria Master Recordings 8805 compact disk.
       
              Southwest Chamber Music recording (select, copy and paste link into new window):
        ​
           https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLz2uGC1cnw&index=5&list=PLzQK978q6hwdbJUOrBAKyOMiXktmFfnKj
1990

 - Go Ye Therefore
    > Choir, organ
    > Duration:  4'15"
    > First performance:  February 10, 1991, Santa Ana, Trinity Presbyterian Chancel Choir, Hanan Yaqub, conductor,              
        Fran Johnston, organ.

 
  
1989

- Canon for Peter
    > String quartet
        * For Professor Peter Racine Fricker on the occasion of his
           retirement from the University of California Santa Barbara.
​    > Duration: 1'00"

1986

 - String Quartet No. 1
    > Violin I, violin II, viola, cello
    > Duration:  24'15"

 
  
1985

 - Two Poems of Stephen Crane
    > Choir (SATB a cappella)
    > Duration:  1'30"

 
  
1984

 - Piano Sonata
    > Piano solo
    > Duration:  23'45"

 
  
1982

 - Tombeau
    > Cello solo
        * In memory of Peggy Byron
    > Duration:  3'30"

 
  
1979

 - Chamber Concerto
    > Flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, two trumpets, tenor trombone, bass trombone, piano, two violins, viola, cello
    > Begun during the composer's Fulbright Fellowship year in London, studying with Justin Connolly at the Royal
        College of Music.
    > Duration:  23'20"
    > American New Music Consortium award, New York, 1985.

          Link to recording of "Chamber Concerto" on SoundCloud:

               Chamber Concerto - recording on SoundCloud.















- Nocturne
    > Brass quintet (two trumpets, horn, tenor trombone, bass trombone)
    > Duration: 5'20"
    > Written for Lindays Shilling's "Prince Consort Brass" at the Royal College of Music, London.

 
  
1978

 - Lament
    > Flute solo
    > Duration:  5'10"
    > Performed by Dorothy Stone for Southwest Chamber Music concerts on February 1, 2003 (Pasadena) and
       February 4, 2003 (Los Angeles).  Performed by Mary Palchak for a California Concert Artists concert on
       January 22, 2005 in Mission Viejo.

                Link to recording of Mary Palchak's California Concert Artist performance:

​                      Lament - recording on SoundCloud



  

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- Fanfare
    > Trumpet, trombone
    > Duration: 1'40"

            Link to recording on Soundcloud:
​ 
                       Fanfare - recording on SoundCloud
  
1977

 - Three Songs
    > Baritone, oboe, violin
    > Duration:  8'00"

 
  
1976

 - Symphony No. 1
    > Full orchestra
        * Ph.D. dissertation for the University of California Santa Barbara.
    > Duration:  34'00"
    > Performed by the first orchestra of the Royal College of Music, London, Justin Connolly conducting, on
​​         February 23, 1978.
 
  
1975

 - Six Miniatures for Viola
    > Viola solo
    > Duration:  3'30"
    > Performed by David Sills at the University of California Santa Barbara on February 28, 1976.
 
  
1974

 - Eyes That Last I Saw in Tears
    > Madrigal for five solo voices (SAATB)
    > Duration:  2'40"

- Pieces for Oboe and Violin
    > Oboe, violin
    > Duration: 10'00"

- String Trio
    > Violin, viola, cello
    > Duration: 23'00"
    > BMI Awards to Student Composers, 1975.
    > First prize, class I of the 1975 National Federation of Music Clubs Young Composers Contest.

- Five Pieces for Orchestra
    > Full orchestra
    > Duration: 13'00"
    > Performed by the University Symphony Orchestra, University of California Santa Barbara, Ronald Ondrejka,
       conductor, on March 15, 1975.
 
  
1973

 - Five Short Pieces for Cello
    > Cello solo
    > Duration:  4'50"
    > Performed by Clovice Lewis at the University of California Santa Barbara on March 4, 1975
    > Finalist, 1974 California Cello Club contest.

- Elegy
    > Full orchestra
    > Duration: 3'15"
    > Performed at the Composers Symposium of the California State University, Sacramento, Daniel Kingman,
       conductor, on April 24, 1973.

- Piano Preludes
    > Piano solo
    > Duration: 16'30"
    > Performed by the composer at the University of California Santa Barbara on February 16, 1974.

- Mass
    > Choir (a cappella)
    > Duration: 15'00"
 
  
1972

 - Variations for String Quartet
    > Violin I, violin II, viola, cello
    > Duration:  6'50"

- Magnificat
    > Choir, orchestra
    > Duration: 10'05"

- Sonata for Flute and Piano
    > Flute, piano
        * Three movements
    > Duration: 16'45"
    > Performed by Burnett Atkinson, flute and Emma Lou Diemer, piano, at the University of California Santa Barbara
       on May 30, 1974.
    > Second Prize in class I of the 1973 National Federation of Music Clubs Young Composers Contest.

  
1971

 - Piano Episodes
    > Piano solo
    > Duration:  10'20"
    > Performed by Emma Lou Diemer at the University of California Santa Barbara on November 28, 1972.
    > Received second prize in class II of the 1973 National Federation of Music Clubs Young Composers Contest.

​            Link to recording on SoundCloud:

                         Piano Episodes - recording on SoundCloud




















- Adoramus Te and Resurrexi
    > Choir (SATB a cappella)
    > Duration: 3'45"
    > Published by Lawson-Gould Music Publishers, Inc., New York, 1974  LG61739

- Piano Sonata
    > Piano solo
        * Three movements
    > Duration: 17'00"
    > Performed by Melinda Fruhauf at the University of California Santa Barbara on April 18, 1972.
    > Second Prize in class II of the 1972 National Federation of Music Clubs Young Composers Contest.

- Two Movements for Violin, Viola and Piano
    > Duration: 13'15"
    > Performed by Barbara Englesburg, violin, David String, viola and Newell Hendricks, piano at the University of
       California Santa Barbara on May 5, 1971.

- Four Contrapuntal Pieces
    > Piano solo
    > Duration: 9'00"

  
1970

 - Three Movements for String Orchestra
    > String orchestra
    > Duration:  10'30"
    > Rehearsal reading by the University of California Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra, Ronald Ondrejka, conductor,
       on January 29, 1971.
 
  
1969

 - To Everything There Is a Season
    > Choir (SATB a cappella)
    > Duration:  2'00"
    > First performed by the Huntington Beach High School choir, Jean Tyndall, conductor, on May 16, 1969.
    > Published by Lawson-Gould Music Publishers, Inc., New York, 1971.  LG 51574
 
  
1968

 - Piece for Chamber Orchestra
    > Chamber orchestra
    > Duration:  5'00"
    > Performed at the University of California Santa Barbara, Newell Hendricks, conductor, on March 4, 1970.