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Richard Peter Maddox : Represented Artist

As a composer based in a musically vital provincial city, Maddox sees his first obligation as being the provision of music for his local community that will challenge and engage performers in that community.

Random Audio Sample: Duo for flute and oboe, op. 37 : duo for flute and oboe by Richard Peter Maddox, from the CD Works for oboe


Photo of Richard Peter Maddox

Richard Peter Maddox was born in Apia, Western Samoa, in 1936. He holds an Honours B.Mus. from the University of London, an M.A. in Music from the University of Sydney, and a Ph.D. in Music from the University of California, Los Angeles. After retiring from the Music Department of the University of New England, Armidale, in 1991 he moved to Sydney to work as a professional accompanist, as well as lecturing part-time at the University of Sydney and the Sydney Conservatorium. During this period he began to have works performed fairly regularly as a member of the Contemporary Performers' and Composers' Fellowship.

In 1993 he returned to Armidale, where living in retirement he freelances as an accompanist and lecturer, and has worked on a number of commissions. He is also Director of the Chapel Choir at The Armidale School. A number of his songs are listed in the AMEB singing syllabus. These, together with his three oboe sonatas and a number of piano works, are published by The Keys Press, while several of his choral works are currently published by Warner-Chappell in Los Angeles. Many of his songs have been recorded by soprano Samantha Cobcroft, released on the Move Records CD Australian Songs.

In 1999 he conducted the Sydney singer Nadia Piave and the Armidale Symphony Orchestra in the first performance of his orchestral song-cycle, Blood and Carnations, using English translations of six of the 100 Love Sonnets by the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. In 2000 his Suite for Two Pianos was given its premiere performance at the Newcastle Conservatorium by Wendy Lorenz and Ann O'Hearn, and in the same year he conducted the Armidale Symphony Orchestra with soloist Samantha Cobcroft and the Armidale Vocal Ensemble in the premiere of his setting of Coleridge's poem Kubla Khan. November 2005 saw the premiere performances of two of his works, the Oboe Concerto, performed in Armidale by Graham Maddox with the Armidale Symphony Orchestra under conductor Bruce Menzies, and the Fantasy-Toccata for Organ Duet, performed in Gosford by Paul Edgar and Greg Woolnough. He has recently completed a commission for a Viola Concerto for the Armidale musician Michael Stockwell.

His most recent publications are the chapter 'Music' in Alan Atkinson et. al. (eds.): High Lean Country: Land, people and memory in New England (in press), and Three Australian Folk Songs, Editions A Coeur Joie (Lyon, France, 2006).


Biography provided by the composer — current to August 2007

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Tomoyos bremerfest, op. 115 : for cello and marimba (2007) Commissioned by Tomoyo Ueda
Conversation with Caitlin : cello solo (2005) Commissioned by Caitlin Driscoll
Corinna's going a-Maying, op. 85 : for baritone and violin (2003) Commissioned by Emma Chapman
Pieces for solo recorder : recorder solo (2002) Commissioned by Barnaby Ralph.
Rondo : oboe with piano (2001) Commissioned by Graham Maddox
Exclamations! : for flute and piano (1999) Commissioned by Lewis Mitchell for himself and Chris Childs