Meet Richard Rice
I first heard about Richard Rice and his music on the New Liturgical Movement. His liturgical music left quite an impression on me, but even more so his piano sonata which I found on his homepage. I was blown away by the power and the beauty of this piece. You can tell that only a genius composer is able to write such music. My first impression has proven to be right: Richard Rice’s piano sonata is a masterpiece. I wanted to play it.
When I was invited to play a concert at the Kinneksbond, I knew that would be the perfect occasion to play the world premiere of Richard’s sonata. We were so lucky to get the US Embassy’s patronage for the concert as well as a generous sponsor to cover Richard’s travel costs. On November 15th I finally met the man behind this extraordinary music and the impression I got over our email contact proved out to be true: a brilliant and lovely person with whom it would be a pleasure to spend time.
The premiere last Sunday was a huge success. The audience loved Richard’s music, and I heard many Bravo’s in the enthusiastic applause.
After having spent many hours studying the sonata I can say that this composition is as rewarding for the interpreter as any other great music from the classical piano repertoire and I wish that his sonata will find a lasting place in the repertoire. My humble contribution will be a recording and a series of concerts in the US with Richard Rice’s sonata to present this masterwork to the musical world.
May Jeffrey Tucker, whose enthusiasm for the composer made me find Richard’s music, have the last word:
“Truly, this man has become the bridge from the whole of liturgical-music history to our own times and into the future. His name will go down in history. He is the Guido D’Arezzo for the digital age.”