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Boston-based freelance composer James Ricci has been composing new and compelling music for over three decades.  Born in New York City in the mid-1950s, Ricci was exposed to a wide-variety of musical idioms and styles.  As a guitarist he has performed everything from atonal free-form jazz to C&W to psychedelic rock.  Fired by the global crosscurrents and experimentation of the 1960’s and 70’s era avant garde, Ricci branched out into the world of contemporary concert music.


He studied with jazz guitarist Steve Khan while in high school, but was largely self-taught until 1972 when he received conservatory training at Juilliard.  He moved to Boston in 1973 and attended the Berklee College of Music where he obtained a degree in music composition (B.M.1976).  Further studies and advanced degrees followed at the New England Conservatory (M.M. 1980 with distinction) and at Brandeis University (M.F.A. 1986, Ph.D. ABD).

Ricci's principal composition teachers were Donald Martino and Martin Boykan.  He has participated in diverse seminars and master classes both in Europe and the United States with composers György Ligeti, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Earle Brown, Jacob Druckman, Ralph Shapey, Betsy Jolas, Sylvano Bussotti, Anthony Payne, and others.  He studied under Milton Babbitt at the Indiana University Composer's Forum and at the Yale Norfolk Summer School of Music with Elliott Carter.

 

As a former co-director of the LUMEN Contemporary Music Ensemble, Ricci curated concerts of new music - including several celebratory retrospectives of work by his teachers.  His String Quartet (1984) - a work that won mention in the 1985 Boston League-ISCM Competition - has been recorded by the QX String Quartet for future commercial release.

 

In the early 1980s Ricci was a bell ringer at Boston's Old North Church and was awarded a Brandeis Sachar travel grant in 1984 to study English Change Ringing.  He has rung in bell towers throughout the US, Canada, and England.

An impressive roster of musicians have performed his works, including Irina Chirkova, Jan Insinger, Kenneth Radnofsky, Wouter Schmidt, Willemien Insinger, Wilma Smith, the Lydian String Quartet, the QX String Quartet, the Xanthos Ensemble, Duo Atlantica, the LUMEN Contemporary Music Ensemble, the Fauxharmonic Orchestra, the Annex Players, Solar Winds, Collage New Music and pianists Martin Amlin, Donald Berman, John McDonald, Catherine Remus Shefski, I-Yun Chung, and Janice Weber

 

New Music Connoisseur described Ricci’s Sonatina for solo viola as “…cleverly expressed, while the string writing is emotive, showy, and telling--a fine listen.”  Ricci was nominated three times for an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

 

List of Works:

DodeKagon (1975) for Clarinet

                Performed by Larry Scripp (Annex Players) at Mass. College of Art, 1975

Quintet (1976) for Fl., Cl., Vln., Vla. and Vlc.

String Trio (1977) for Vln., Vla., and Vlc.

The Frog Prince (1977) for Soprano and Bassoon  (Text from "Transformations" by Anne Sexton)

Shadows of Synchronicity (1977) for Fl., Ob., Cl., Tpt., Trb., Vln, Vla, Vlc, Pno, and Perc.

                Performed at NEC Composers Concert, Jordan Hall, 1978

Three Taoist Songs (1978) for Soprano and Clarinet

                Performed at NEC Composers’ concert, 1979

The Round and the Square (1978) for Violin and Piano

Invention (1979) for Guitar

                Performed by John Armstrong at Dunster House Library, Harvard University, 10/21/1989

Syntropy (1979) -Electronic Music  (Text from by R. Buckminster Fuller, read by Ezra Sims)

Nexus (1979) for Orchestra

 Read by the New England Conservatory Repertory Orchestra, 1979


Four Movements
(1980) for Flute and Piano

                Performed by Judy Chemey and Martin Amlin at Brandeis University, 1980

Metalogue (1981) for Solo Violin

Performed by Wilma Smith at Brandeis University, 5/11/1981

Edaneres (1981) for Chamber Orchestra     

                Read by Yale Norfolk Summer School Orchestra, Arthur Weisberg conductor, 1981

Diafonia (1981) for Two Pianos   (Finalist, Boston ISCM Competition 1983)

                Performed by Martin Amlin and Janice Weber at Brandeis University, 1981

Fantasy (1984) for Bassoon  (also exists as a Bass Clarinet transcription)

                Performed by Amy Travis at Brandeis University, 1984

String Quartet (1984)

                 Honorable Mention, Boston ISCM Competition 1985
                                Performed by the Lydian String Quartet at Brandeis University, 5/18/1985
                                and by the QX  String Quartet at Brookline Public Library, 12/3/2007
               
                Duo (1986) for Two Violins - to Tony and Titia

Minute Waltz (1989) for Clarinet and Piano - to David and Beth

Plain Hunt on Eight (1990) for Flute and Guitar

                Performed by Willemien Insinger and Armand Qualliotine, 1990

Duo (1999) for Flute Duo

Performed by Willemien Insinger and Mies Boet-Whitaker (Duo Atlantica) 4/8/2001and 6/20/2004

Three Pieces (1999) for Piano

                Performed by John McDonald 3/21/04 (LUMEN) and 6/20/2005 (Zeitgeist Gallery)

Concerto for Piano and Chamber Orchestra (2000)

Sonatina (2000) for Solo Viola

                Performed by Wouter Schmidt  3/21/2004

Piano Quintet (2001) for Pno., Vln. (2), Vla., Vlc.      Description: Description: Description: Description: http://www.jamesricci.com/graphics/page.gif  Mov. I (.Pdf)        Description: Description: Description: Description: http://www.jamesricci.com/graphics/page.gifMov. II (.Pdf)        Description: Description: Description: Description: http://www.jamesricci.com/graphics/page.gif  Mov. III  (.Pdf)
                                                            (electronic realization)      
Description: Description: Description: Description: http://www.jamesricci.com/graphics/speaker.gifMov. I (.MP3)     Description: Description: Description: Description: http://www.jamesricci.com/graphics/speaker.gif Mov. II (.MP3)     Description: Description: Description: Description: http://www.jamesricci.com/graphics/speaker.gifMov. III (MP3)

Tone Poem (2003) for Orchestra   Description: Description: Description: Description: http://www.jamesricci.com/graphics/speaker.gif Listen (.MP3)  (electonic realization)   Description: Description: Description: Description: http://www.jamesricci.com/graphics/page.gif  Score (.Pdf)

Birthday Tune (2003) for Piano (for Cathrien Insinger-Soutendam's 80th Birthday) 

                Performed by Loukie Insinger 11/09/2003,  John McDonald, 6/20/2004

Lyric Piece (2003) for Flute Duo

                Performed by Willemien Insinger & Mies Boet-Whitaker (Duo Atlantica) 5/23/2003 and 6/20/2005

Quintet (2003) for Fl., Cl., Vln., Vlc., Pno.   Description: Description: Description: Description: http://www.jamesricci.com/graphics/page.gifMov. I (.Pdf)     Description: Description: Description: Description: http://www.jamesricci.com/graphics/page.gifMov. II (.Pdf)      Description: Description: Description: Description: http://www.jamesricci.com/graphics/page.gifMov. III  (.Pdf)  Description: Description: Description: Description: http://www.jamesricci.com/graphics/speaker.gifMov. III (.MP3)
  
                               Performed by the Xanthos Ensemble 6/3/2007 (Newton Public Library), 6/4/2007 (Berklee College of Music)

Indigo Blue (2004) for Flute and Piano   Description: Description: Description: Description: http://www.jamesricci.com/graphics/page.gif  Score (.Pdf)        Description: Description: Description: Description: http://www.jamesricci.com/graphics/speaker.gif  Indigo Blue

                Performed by Willemien Insinger with John McDonald 6/20/2004, and Victor Troll  11/16/2008

Petite Suite (2004) for unaccompanied Violoncello  Description: Description: Description: Description: http://www.jamesricci.com/graphics/page.gif  Mov. I    Description: Description: Description: Description: http://www.jamesricci.com/graphics/page.gif  Mov.  II   Description: Description: Description: Description: http://www.jamesricci.com/graphics/page.gif  Mov. III   Description: Description: Description: Description: http://www.jamesricci.com/graphics/page.gif  Mov. IV   Description: Description: Description: Description: http://www.jamesricci.com/graphics/page.gif  Mov. V
                                                                                (Listen .MP3)
Description: Description: Description: Description: http://www.jamesricci.com/graphics/speaker.gif Mov. I    Description: Description: Description: Description: http://www.jamesricci.com/graphics/speaker.gifMov. II   Description: Description: Description: Description: http://www.jamesricci.com/graphics/speaker.gif Mov. III    Description: Description: Description: Description: http://www.jamesricci.com/graphics/speaker.gif Mov. IV   Description: Description: Description: Description: http://www.jamesricci.com/graphics/speaker.gif Mov. V

                Performed by Jan Insinger 2004 (Amsterdam), and Irina Chirkova 4/10/2005 (LUMEN)

To the Solar Winds (2004) for Woodwind Quintet   Description: Description: Description: Description: http://www.jamesricci.com/graphics/page.gif  Score (.Pdf)    Description: Description: Description: Description: http://www.jamesricci.com/graphics/speaker.gif Listen (.MP3) 

                Commissioned by the Arlington Council for the Arts
                               Performed by
The Solar Winds 11/7/2004 and 5/11/2007

Song without Words (2005) for Piano  Description: Description: Description: Description: http://www.jamesricci.com/graphics/page.gif  Score (.Pdf)   Description: Description: Description: Description: http://www.jamesricci.com/graphics/speaker.gif  Listen (.MP3)


"an evocatively musing and third-laden essay subtly tinged with early Berg"  -  www.newmusicon.org                       
               Performed by:

Donald Berman 2/5/2006 John Knowles Paine Hall, Harvard University

               I-Yun Chung 11/19/2010 The Lily Pad, Cambridge, MA

               Cathy Remus Shefski 3/19/2011 Salon Concert Series The Music Studio Clarks Summit, PA

Waltz (2005) for Piano  Description: Description: Description: Description: http://www.jamesricci.com/graphics/page.gif  Score (.Pdf)

014 Blues (2006) for Piano  Description: Description: Description: Description: http://www.jamesricci.com/graphics/page.gif  Score (.Pdf)

Fantasy-Variations (2006) for Piano  Description: Description: Description: Description: http://www.jamesricci.com/graphics/page.gif  Score (.Pdf)   Description: Description: Description: Description: http://www.jamesricci.com/graphics/speaker.gif  Listen (.MP3)

                               Performed by Donald Berman 2/5/2006 John Knowles Paine Hall, Harvard University

Boogie Woogie (2006) for Piano  Description: Description: Description: Description: http://www.jamesricci.com/graphics/page.gif  Score (.Pdf)   Description: Description: Description: Description: http://www.jamesricci.com/graphics/speaker.gifListen (.MP3)  (electonic realization)

Lux Aeterna (2006) for Choir (SATB)

  Harold in Italy (2007) for Alto Saxophone and Piano

                            (a sonata in three movements   "...some nostalgic and poignant moods, though it finished with a rollicking tango"  -  Pyracantha's Weblog
                            Performed by Kenneth Radnofsky and John McDonald  4/29/2007 (LUMEN) and by

             Rachel G. Cox and Robert Jeter 10/2/2010 ETSU Music Dept., Mathes Hall East Tennessee State University Johnson City, TN

               Two-Part Invention 
(2008)
for Piano  (Also exists with added Cello part as Three-Part Invention)

            Performed by Jasper and Jan Insinger 3/13/2011 in Landsmeer, the Netherlands

               Fantasia (2008) for String Quartet  (Also exists as Quintet for three Violins, Viola, and Cello)

               Chamber Symphony (2009) in three movements

               Pong (2009) for two Flutes

               Variations (2009) for Piano  (dedicated to David Rakowski)

 

               Soliloquy (2010) for solo Flute

Performed by Willemien Insinger

 

               Three Perambulations (2010) for Fl, Cl (doubling on B. Cl), Vln, Vlc, Pno, and Perc.

                              Performed by Collage New Music 3/6/2011 Pickman Concert Hall, Longy School of Music, Cambridge, MA

 

               Elegy (2011) for Violin and Piano

               

 


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