B.A., Tufts University; M.M., Boston Conservatory; A.M., Ph.D., Duke University
Jewett Arts Center, Room 209A
Sid RichardsonVisiting Lecturer in Music
I am a composer who writes concert music that imbues modern idioms with emotional grit and wit. My work explores the intersections of music and literature, drawing inspiration from a wide swath of authors, poets, and playwrights. In my music, preexisting texts are used to create a metaphorical resonance with the source material in pieces that weave literary elements into their formal, rhythmic, and harmonic structures.
In February 2021, I released my debut portrait album, Borne By a Wind, on New Focus Recordings. The record’s cornerstone features Red Wind, a genre-spanning collaboration with poet Nathaniel Mackey and a mixed chamber ensemble of New York-based musicians, and three other chamber works performed by pianist Conrad Tao, violinist Lilit Hartunian, and the Da Capo Chamber Players.
I have collaborated on projects with artists such as Alsarah & the Nubatones, Amarcord, Branford Marsalis, Bill Seaman, Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble, Callithumpian Consort, Del Sol Quartet, Sinfonia Salt Lake, and yMusic. I’m especially interested in violin music, and I have been fortunate to work with a variety of violinists including Lilit Hartunian, Sarah Griffin, Sarah Plum, Charlotte Munn-Wood, and Misha Vayman.
My research investigates aspects of form, harmonic structure, and interdisciplinary relationships in the music of French composer Pascal Dusapin. In my article in TEMPO, “Reflections on Form: An Interview with Pascal Dusapin,” I discuss with the composer his idiosyncratic musical style and investigate its connection to the writings of Samuel Beckett and Gilles Deleuze. My related article forthcoming in Perspectives of New Music, “Form and Exhaustion in Pascal Dusapin’s Quad - In Memoriam Gilles Deleuze,” focuses on the role of gesture, timbre, and form in the composer’s music from the 1990s. It examines his violin concerto Quad (1996) and its relationship to postmodern thought, particularly the works of Samuel Beckett, Gilles Deleuze, and Félix Guattari.
I studied music at Tufts University (BA 2010), The Boston Conservatory (MM 2013), and Duke University, where I received my Ph.D. in 2018. I have participated in artist residencies at Crosstown Arts, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and The Hermitage Artist Retreat. I have been a composition fellow at The Aspen Music Festival and School and the Tanglewood Music Center.
For more information, please visit my website: http://sidrichardsonmusic.com/