Ricky Ian Gordon

Ricky Ian Gordon writes vocal music that spans arts songs, opera, and musical theater. In 2001, the New York Times said, "If the music of Ricky Ian Gordon had to be defined by a single quality, it would be the bursting effervescence infusing songs that blithely blur the lines between art song and the high-end Broadway music of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim."

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Ricky Ian Gordon was born on May 15, 1956 in Oceanside, New York and raised on Long Island. After studying composition at Carnegie Mellon University, he settled in New York City. In 2001, Bright Eyed Joy: The Music of Ricky Ian Gordon, was presented at Lincoln Center as part of the American Songbook Series, and the New York Times said, “A composer versed in the harmonic idiom of Samuel Barber and Benjamin Britten, Mr. Gordon also has a knack for witty theatrical pastiche. Many of his lighter songs pluck vintage theatrical echoes from their 1920’s and 30’s niches and dress them up with bold chord changes that catapult them in new directions.”

Gordon’s works for voice include Green Sneakers, a theatrical song cycle for baritone, string quartet, and empty chair, with a libretto by the composer; and Orpheus and Euridice, an hour-long song cycle in two acts that includes choreography. Other song publications are A Horse With Wings, Genius Child, Only Heaven, Finding Home, Songs for Our Time, Late Afternoon, and Too Few the Mornings Be, a cycle of eleven settings of Emily Dickinson poems, written for Renée Fleming.

Operas include The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, Autumn Valentine, The Grapes of Wrath, Morning Star, Only Heaven, and The Tibetan Book of the Dead. Other theatre works include My Life with Albertine, written with Richard Nelson and based on Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past, Dream True, and States of Independence, written with Tina Landau, and Only Heaven, based on the works of Langston Hughes. Gordon has also written extensively for chorus and piano.

The composer has taught master classes and composition classes across the country, and been the composer-in-residence at various festivals. Among his honors are the 2003 Alumni Merit Award for exceptional achievement and leadership from Carnegie Mellon University, the Shen Family Foundation Award, the Stephen Sondheim Award, the Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Theater Foundation Award, the Constance Klinsky Award, and many awards from ASCAP, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the American Music Center.

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Recordings

Five Borough Songbook

(Ricky Ian Gordon, Richard Pearson Thomas and Scott Wheeler)

2013

Silver Rain

(Ricky Ian Gordon)

2012

and flowers pick themselves

(Ricky Ian Gordon)

2008

For Your Delight... - New American Art Songs

(Chris DeBlasio, Ricky Ian Gordon, Daron Aric Hagen, Richard Hundley, John Musto and Ned Rorem)

2002

Orpheus & Euridice

(Ricky Ian Gordon)

2007

Dreamer - A Portrait of Langston Hughes

(Margaret Bonds, William Grant Still, Kurt Weill, Henry Burleigh, Robert Owens, John Musto, Ricky Ian Gordon, Howard Swanson, Jean Berger, Erik Santos and Florence Price)

2001

Bright Eyed Joy

(Ricky Ian Gordon)

2001

Permit Me Voyage: Songs by Americans

(Dominick Argento, Elliott Carter, Ricky Ian Gordon and Richard Hundley)

1992

Songs

A Horse With Wings

Ricky Ian Gordon

Ricky Ian Gordon

Song Collection: A Horse With Wings

A Horse With Wings

Song Collection

Ricky Ian Gordon

Emily Dickinson

Ricky Ian Gordon

John Hollander

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Frank O’Hara

Dorothy Parker

Afternoon on a Hill

Ricky Ian Gordon

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Song Collection: A Horse With Wings

Air

Ricky Ian Gordon

Frank O’Hara

Song Collection: A Horse With Wings

An Old-Fashioned Song

Ricky Ian Gordon

John Hollander

Song Collection: A Horse With Wings

Angel Wings

Ricky Ian Gordon

Langston Hughes

Song Collection: Only Heaven

Border Line

Ricky Ian Gordon

Langston Hughes

Song Collection: Genius Child: A Cycle of 10 Songs

Daybreak in Alabama

Ricky Ian Gordon

Langston Hughes

Song Collection: Only Heaven

Delinquent

Ricky Ian Gordon

Langston Hughes

Song Collection: Only Heaven

Demand

Ricky Ian Gordon

Langston Hughes

Song Collection: Only Heaven

Dream

Ricky Ian Gordon

Langston Hughes

Song Collection: Only Heaven

Dream Variations

Ricky Ian Gordon

Langston Hughes

Song Collection: Only Heaven

Drum

Ricky Ian Gordon

Langston Hughes

Song Collection: Only Heaven

Fewer Words

Ricky Ian Gordon

Ricky Ian Gordon

Song Collection: A Horse With Wings

Genius Child

Ricky Ian Gordon

Langston Hughes

Song Collection: Genius Child: A Cycle of 10 Songs

Genius Child: A Cycle of 10 Songs

Song Collection

Ricky Ian Gordon

Langston Hughes

Harlem Night Song

Ricky Ian Gordon

Langston Hughes

Song Collection: Only Heaven

In Time of Silver Rain

Ricky Ian Gordon

Langston Hughes

Song Collection: Only Heaven

Janet Underneath the Roses

Ricky Ian Gordon

Ricky Ian Gordon

Song Collection: A Horse With Wings

Joy

Ricky Ian Gordon

Langston Hughes

Song Collection: Genius Child: A Cycle of 10 Songs

Just Now

Ricky Ian Gordon

Marie Howe

Kid in the Park

Ricky Ian Gordon

Langston Hughes

Song Collection: Genius Child: A Cycle of 10 Songs

Late Last Night

Ricky Ian Gordon

Langston Hughes

Song Collection: Only Heaven

The Light Comes On By Itself

Ricky Ian Gordon

Frank O’Hara

Song Collection: Songs of Our Time

Litany

Ricky Ian Gordon

Langston Hughes

Song Collection: Only Heaven

Luck

Ricky Ian Gordon

Langston Hughes

Song Collection: Only Heaven

My People

Ricky Ian Gordon

Langston Hughes

Song Collection: Genius Child: A Cycle of 10 Songs

New Moon

Ricky Ian Gordon

Langston Hughes

Night: Four Songs

Ricky Ian Gordon

Langston Hughes

Song Collection: Only Heaven

Only Heaven

Song Collection

Ricky Ian Gordon

Langston Hughes

Poem (Lana Turner Has Collapsed)

Ricky Ian Gordon

Frank O’Hara

Song Collection: A Horse With Wings

Port Town

Ricky Ian Gordon

Langston Hughes

Song Collection: Only Heaven

Prayer

Ricky Ian Gordon

Langston Hughes

Song Collection: Genius Child: A Cycle of 10 Songs

Song For a Dark Girl

Ricky Ian Gordon

Langston Hughes

Song Collection: Only Heaven

Souvenir

Ricky Ian Gordon

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Song Collection: A Horse With Wings

Stars

Ricky Ian Gordon

Langston Hughes

Song Collection: Only Heaven

Strange Hurt: Long Version

Ricky Ian Gordon

Langston Hughes

Song Collection: Genius Child: A Cycle of 10 Songs

Strange Hurt: Short Version

Ricky Ian Gordon

Langston Hughes

Song Collection: Genius Child: A Cycle of 10 Songs

The Red Dress

Ricky Ian Gordon

Dorothy Parker

Song Collection: A Horse With Wings

The Spring and the Fall

Ricky Ian Gordon

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Song Collection: A Horse With Wings

To Be Somebody

Ricky Ian Gordon

Langston Hughes

Song Collection: Genius Child: A Cycle of 10 Songs

Troubled Woman

Ricky Ian Gordon

Langston Hughes

Song Collection: Genius Child: A Cycle of 10 Songs

What Shall We Remember?

Ricky Ian Gordon

Ricky Ian Gordon

Song Collection: A Horse With Wings

White Haired Woman

Ricky Ian Gordon

Ricky Ian Gordon

Song Collection: A Horse With Wings

When Sue Wears Red

Ricky Ian Gordon

Langston Hughes

Song Collection: Only Heaven

Will There Really Be a Morning?

Ricky Ian Gordon

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: A Horse With Wings

Winter Moon

Ricky Ian Gordon

Langston Hughes

Song Collection: Genius Child: A Cycle of 10 Songs

Sheet Music

A Horse With Wings

Composer(s): Ricky Ian Gordon

Song(s): Once I Was
Sweet Song
Afternoon on a Hill
My Sister's New Red Hat
A Horse with Wings
Air
Poem (Lana Turner has Collapsed)
The Lake Isle of Innisfree
The Spring and the Fall
Souvenir
Coyotes
The Red Dress
What Shall We Remember?
Will There Really Be a Morning?
Sycamore Trees
Fewer Words
The Special Picnic
Janet Underneath the Roses
I am a Cherry Alive
An Old-Fashioned Song
White Haired Woman

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Genius Child

Composer(s): Ricky Ian Gordon

Song(s): 1. Winter Moon
2. Genius Child
3. Kid in the Park
4. To Be Somebody
5. Troubled Woman
6. Strange Hurt: Long Version
7. Strange Hurt: Short Version
8. Prayer
9. Border Line
10. My People
11. Joy

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Only Heaven

Composer(s): Ricky Ian Gordon

Song(s): Harlem Night Song
Daybreak In Alabama
When Sue Wears Red
Late Last Night
Port Town
Angel Wings
Luck
Delinquent
Dream Variations
In Time Of Silver Rain
Song For A Dark Girl
Drum
Litany
Dream
Night: Four Songs
Demand
Stars

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Songs of Our Time

Composer(s): Ricky Ian Gordon

Song(s): Virginia Woolf
Friend
Little Horse
Spell against Sorrow
The Light Comes on by Itself
Pont Mirabeau
A Poem of Unrest
This Room
If You Can
Aspen Tree
Three Floors
The Crazy Woman
Child
Dreams / Feet o' Jesus

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