Richard BEAUDOIN Assistant Professor of Music, Dartmouth College
RESEARCH: Publications & Lectures Latest research uses micro-temporal analysis to investigate the expressive content of all sounds captured within specific recordings — including non-scored sounds made by the performer’s body and their instrument. This research is connected to both the psychological phenomenon of microexpressions and Barthes’ concept of the photographic punctum. Recent papers presented at SMT/AMS 2016 in Vancouver, SMT/AMS 2018 in San Antonio, and SMT 2019 in Columbus. Published articles in music theory, analytic aesthetics, musical borrowing, and sound studies in TheJournal of Music Theory, TheJournal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Perspectives of New Music, Organized Sound, Divergence Press, and TheJournal of the CeReNeM.
Invited lectures at the Paris Conservatoire [CNSMDP], the Centre for Music and Science at Cambridge University, Harvard University, The United States Consulate Shanghai Division, The Royal Academy of Music in London, The Shanghai Conservatory of Music, East China Normal University, The Steinhardt School at New York University, The New England Conservatory, Dartmouth College, Yale University, Boston University, Berklee College of Music, The University of York, and the Schweizerische Musikforschende Gesellschaft at the Hochscule, Luzern, Switzerland.
COMPOSITION: Performances & Recordings Architect of the microtiming technique: iconic recordings are slowed down and transcribed in minute detail, then treated as a palimpsest, forming a parchment over which the composer manipulates, reorganises and interweaves original material to create innovative compositions of startling beauty and originality.
Performers include Claire Chase, Roomful of Teeth, Boston Lyric Opera, the Kreutzer and Chiara String Quartets, Sound Icon, members of the Philharmonia Orchestra, Transient Canvas, Mark Knoop, Colin Davin, Marilyn Nonken, Constantine Finehouse, Wolfram Rieger, Ulrich Naudé, and Philip Howard, Serge Vuille, Christopher Graham, Clive Driskill-Smith, Christian Wilson, Carl Rosman, Clio Gould, Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Neil Heyde, and Rohan de Saram. Vocal music sung widely by artists including Annette Dasch, Dashon Burton, Estelí Gomez, Joseph Kaiser, Annika Sophie Ritlewski, Frank Kelley, Kevin Burdette and Roomful of Teeth. Settings of Paul Griffiths, Christian Bök, Celan, Éluard, Empson, William Henry Fox Talbot, Heaney, Heine, Hölderlin, MacDiarmid, Melville, Morgenstern, Muresan, Pushkin, Rilke, Rückert, John Updike, William Carlos Williams, and Christa Wolf. Upcoming recordings include Another Woman of Another Kind by Claire Chase and Roomful of Teeth, setting text by Paul Griffiths. Compositions performed at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Wiener Konzerthaus, the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, the Brucknerhaus in Linz, the Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele, The Kitchen, Weill Recital Hall, Boston's The Institute for Contemporary Art, Calderwood Pavilion, Sanders Theatre and Jordan Hall, and in London at the Royal Festival Hall, Duke’s Hall, The Forge, The Arcola Theatre, Wilton’s Music Hall, Pushkin House, and King’s Place. Commissions from Konzerthaus Dortmund, Staatstheater Kassel, the President of Harvard University, Sound Icon, and Boston Lyric Opera.
TIMELINE Born 10 October 1975 in North Attleborough, Massachusetts. Early studies at Amherst College, performed and coached chamber music at Greenwood Music Camp. Withdrew from college and moved to London to study music privately. At 23, became a fellow at the MacDowell Colony. Returned to Amherst College and in 1998 and graduated summa cum laude.
In 2000, moved to London to attend the Royal Academy of Music [MMus in Composition 2002]. Returned to America and worked in a violin-maker's shop. In 2005, while studying at Brandeis University [Ph.D. Composition and Theory 2008], was invited by Amherst College to be the Joseph E. and Grace W. Visiting Professor of Music in 2005-06, and Visiting Assistant Professor of Music in Spring 2007.
For the next eight years (2008-16), taught at Harvard University, first as as Lecturer, then as Preceptor. In 2016–2017, held simultaneous posts as Lecturer at Brandeis University and Visiting Research Fellow in Composition at the Royal Academy of Music, London. In 2017, became visiting lecturer at Dartmouth College. In Fall 2019, began a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Music at Dartmouth College. [Beaudoin is pronounced bōd-win.]
Richard Beaudoin, Pauchi Sasaki, Steve Smith, Suzanne Farrin, and Tyshawn Sorey at The Kitchen, New York
Top: photograph of Richard Beaudoin by Justin Hoke