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Raymond Luedeke papers

Abstract

Title:
Raymond Luedeke papers
Author/Creator:
Luedeke, Raymond
Collection number:
2016-035-ACA
Size:
1.5 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1998-2014
Inclusive dates:
1965-2015
Collection Area:
Special Collections in Performing Arts
Repository:
Special Collections in Performing Arts, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. Contact the curator: http://www.lib.umd.edu/scpa/contact
Abstract:

Raymond Luedeke (b. New York, NY, 11 November 1941), a North American composer, clarinetist, and educator, was born a U.S. citizen but also became a naturalized citizen of Canada in 1988. He returned to New York in 2010. Luedeke earned a Bachelor of Music in music history from the Eastman School of Music in 1966, a Master of Music in composition from the Catholic University of America in 1971, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in composition from Northwestern University in 1976. His composition teachers include George Crumb, George T. Jones, and Alan Stout. As a clarinetist, he was briefly principal clarinet with the Colorado Philharmonic, studied at the Vienna Academy of Music on a Fulbright Grant (1966-1967), and then played clarinet in the U.S. Air Force Band (1967-1971). Luedeke served as a composition and clarinet professor at University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point (1971-1974), followed by a similar appointment at the University of Missouri, Kansas City (1976-81). In 1981, he became associate principal clarinet of the Toronto Symphony, where he stayed until his retirement in 2010. The collection consists of scores of his compositions from 1965 through 2015.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

The collection is open for research use.

Preferred citation:

Raymond Luedeke papers, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/33425
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Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

Raymond Luedeke (b. New York, NY, 11 November 1941), a North American composer, clarinetist, and educator, became a naturalized citizen of Canada in 1988, but returned to New York in 2010. Luedeke earned a Bachelor of Music in music history from the Eastman School of Music in 1966, a Master of Music in composition from the Catholic University of America in 1971, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in composition from Northwestern University in 1976. His composition teachers include George Crumb, George T. Jones, and Alan Stout. As a clarinetist, he was briefly principal clarinet with the Colorado Philharmonic, studied at the Vienna Academy of Music on a Fulbright Grant (1966-1967), and then played clarinet in the U.S. Air Force Band (1967-1971). Luedeke served as a composition and clarinet professor at University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point (1971-1974), followed by a similar appointment at the University of Missouri, Kansas City (1976-81). In 1981, he became associate principal clarinet of the Toronto Symphony, where he stayed until his retirement in 2010.

Recordings of his music include Shadow Music with the Louisville Orchestra, The Transparency of Time with pianist Andre LaPlante and the Winnipeg Symphony, The Moon in the Labyrinth and The Lyre of Orpheus with harpist Judy Loman and the Orford String Quartet, Brass Quintet with the New Mexico Brass Quintet, Circus Music with the Hannaford Street Silver Band, and Ah, Matsushima! with violin/marimba duo Jacques and Michael Israelievitch. Quartetto Gelato has recorded Luedeke's arrangement of Maurice Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin and has performed it worldwide. He has received numerous grants and awards, among them prizes from the Manhattan Choral Ensemble, the Percussive Arts Society, the International Horn Society, and Northwestern University. His contest winning orchestral Fanfare, opened Toronto's Thomson Hall and his overture The North Wind's Gift was performed throughout Europe in the 1991 tour of the Toronto Symphony. Six Canadian orchestras jointly commissioned Luedeke's Tales of the Netsilik for narrator and orchestra.

Luedeke is also an experienced librettist and has collaborated with playwright Sean Dixon for his first opera, Wild Flowers, produced at The Guelph Spring Festival. Subsequently, he worked with director/dramaturge Tom Diamond to write the libretto for his second opera, The Magical Singing Drum, and the script for The Art of Love/Into the Labyrinth for two pianos, visuals and actor. In summer 2007, Leudeke established the music theater company, Voice Afire Pocket Opera and Cabaret, and produced three shows: Viva Pablo Neruda (I Confess, I Have Lived) based on the poetry of Pablo Neruda; Butterfly's Trouble, a re-invention of Puccini's opera; and Close Embrace relives the Golden Age of Argentine Tango.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Raymond Luedeke papers contains materials that span the period of 1965 to 2015; the bulk of the material dates from 1998 to 2014. The collection consists of published print scores and part sets.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gifts of Raymond Luedeke received in September and October 2015.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processed by Vincent Novara, October 2015

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by John Davis, October 2015

Arrangement of Collection

This collection is organized into one series:

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Compositions, 1965-2015 (1 linear foot)

This series contains many of Luedeke's published scores. Scores are arranged chronologically by date of composition.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
From the Mountaintop, for trombone quartet, score and 4 parts, 1965, rev. 2015 series 1box 1folder 1
Divertimento No. 1, for 2 clarinets and bassoon, score and 3 parts, 1967, rev. 2015 series 1box 1folder 2
Divertimento No. 2, for 2 clarinets and bassoon, score and 3 parts, 1969, rev. 2015 series 1box 1folder 3
In Kharms Way: String Quartet No. 3 (theater of the absurd in 5 acts for string quartet and 2 actors adapted from the works of Daniil Kharms), script/ actor's score/ Violin I / Violin II/ Viola / Cello, 1978 series 1box 1folder 4
In Kharms Way: String Quartet No. 3 (theater of the absurd in 5 acts for string quartet and 2 actors adapted from the works of Daniil Kharms), score, 1978 series 1box 1folder 5
2 cadenzas, 1989, 2007 series 1box 1folder 6
Cadenza for Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra by Karol Kurpinsky, 2007 series 1box 1folder 6item 1.0
Cadenza for Introduction, Theme, and Variations for Clarinet and Orchestra by G. Rossini for solo clarinet by Raymond Luedeke, 2 parts, 1989 series 1box 1folder 6item 2.0
Circus Music (Version for orchestra), (2/2/2/2 4/2/3/1 Timp. / Harp / 2 Perc. / Stgs.), score, 1990, rev. 2011 series 1box 1folder 7
Wild Flowers (also known as The Wild Man or Iron John), a chamber opera in 2 acts, text by Sean Dixon, piano/vocal score, 1994 series 1box 1folder 8
The Lyre of Orpheus (version for 2 harps) by Raymond Luedeke, score, 2 parts, 1998 series 1box 1folder 9
The Lyre of Orpheus (for harp and string quartet) by Raymond Luedeke, score, 6 parts, 1998 series 1box 1folder 10
In the Eye of the Cat (glosses on a Japanese theme) by Raymond Luedeke, for flute and guitar, score, 2 parts, 1999 series 1box 1folder 11
Ah, Matsushma! (version for orchestra) (1 /2 /2 /2 2/1/1 2 Perc. Stgs.), score, 2003 series 1box 1folder 12
If you forget me...(Version for viola and piano), piano score/viola part, 2006 series 1box 1folder 13
Love is the every only god (for unaccompanied chamber chorus SATB, text by e. e. cummings) by Raymond Luedeke, score, 2008 series 1box 2folder 1
Ysaye Does It (for 4 solo violins) by Raymond Luedeke, score, 4 parts, 2008 series 1box 2folder 2
My Life with Pablo Neruda (aka I Confess, I Have l Lived), pocket opera-cabaret in 4 acts for soprano, tenor, 2 actors, violin, clarinet, cello, and synthesizer on poetry by Neruda, Violin/ Clarinet A & Bb/ Cello/ Synth, 2009 series 1box 2folder 3
My Life with Pablo Neruda (aka I Confess, I have Lived), pocket opera-cabaret in 4 acts for soprano, tenor, actors, violin, clarinet, cello, and synthesizer on poetry by Neruda by Raymond Luedeke, score and piano/vocal score, 2009 series 1box 2folder 4
My Life with Pablo Neruda (aka I Confess, I Have l Lived), pocket opera-cabaret in 4 acts for soprano, tenor, 2 actors, violin, clarinet, cello, and synthesizer on poetry by Pablo Neruda, two scripts (English, Spanish), 2009, 2009 series 1box 2folder 5
Grief (for solo cello) by Raymond Luedeke, score, 2010 series 1box 2folder 6
Hard Right (A Satyrical Suite for chamber orchestra), score, 2012 series 1box 2folder 7
Kafka Shorts, String Quartet No. 2 (a music drama for string quartet and 2 actors based on parables by Franz Kafka), by Raymond Luedeke, score, 6 parts, 2013 series 1box 2folder 8

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