Richard Gibson

(b. 13 December 1953, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island).

Canadian composer of mostly orchestral and chamber works that have been performed in Europe and North America.

Prof. Gibson studied composition with Steve Tittle at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, where he earned his BMus, and with Peter Paul Koprowski at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, where he earned his MMus. He then studied composition with David Lumsdaine at King's College London and there he earned his PhD.

Among his honours are First Prize in the competition for young composers of SOCAN (1982, for Concerto).

He teaches as Professor of Composition at the Université de Moncton in New Brunswick.

In addition to the works listed below, he has made numerous arrangements.


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The Lives of the Saints (incidental music, play after Alban Butler), 1978 (collaboration with Gene Ricard, Steve Tittle)

A Midsummer Night's Dream (incidental music, play by William Shakespeare), clarinets, violins, harpsichord, 1989


Synchrony, symphonic band, 1978

Concerto, trombone, orchestra, 1982

Musique Solennelle, small orchestra, 1987

Mantras, youth orchestra, 1987

November Music, 14 strings, 1990

Sinfonietta, symphonic band, 1994

Symphony, 1994

Étude Chromatique, symphonic band, 1994

A Festive Overture, 2000

Neo-Baroque Suite, youth string orchestra, 2002


Les Îles, 12 brass, 1976

Oboe Piece, oboe, piano, 1976

Free Flight I, trumpet, fixed media, 1977

What? Not Another Dance!, 3 percussion, 1977

Oboe Metamorphosis, oboe, fixed media, 1978

Capriccio, flute, 4 percussion, 1979

Pattern Music, bass guitar, 2 synthesizers, 1980

Jazz Poems, 5 jazz players, live electronics, 1981

Nightingales for Katy, flute, 1982

Free Flight II, trumpet, double bass, percussion, 1983

Cantilena, guitar, 1984

Sonate, saxophone, 1984

Resonances, percussion, 1985

Sept Miniatures, guitar, 1986

Hemispheres, bass guitar, 1987

Passacaille, violin, piano, 1988

Changing Perspectives, string quartet, 1990

The Mindfulness of Breathing, 4 tubas, 1990

Conversation Piece, flute, oboe, bass clarinet, trumpet, piano, 1991

Neuf Cartes Postales de Cornwall, violin, viola, 1992

Les Cloches de Kastelli, 4 percussion, 1994

Montañas del Fuego, clarinet, percussion, 1995

Seven Pieces, bass clarinet, piano, 1995

Le Barachois, violin, cello, piano, 1996

Canzona, 11 brass, 1997

Éloges pour Han-Shen, 4 percussion, 1998

April Remembered, violin, double bass, 1999

Cora, percussion, 2000

Mouvement Polyphonique, 3 trombones, piano, 2001

Guitar Quartet, 4 guitars, 2002


Glistenin' Whistle, mixed chorus, flute, French horn, 2 trumpets, trombone, tuba, guitar, violin, bass guitar, percussion, 1976

Beatus Vir, mixed chorus, 1987

Nisi Dominus, soloists, 4 choruses, orchestra, 1989

Transfigured Autumn, mixed chorus, small orchestra, 1993

Poème du Mois de Juillet, soloists, speaker, mixed chorus, 9 percussion, 1999


Parfums Exotiques, soprano, flute, cello, piano, 1976

Hidden Rivers, soprano, piano, 1987

The Gravity of Earth, speaker, synthesizers, percussion, string orchestra, live electronics, 1988

Remembering a Woman's Voice, soprano, cello, 1990

White Pearls, baritone, clarinet, French horn, cello, percussion, 1991

Cinq Poèmes de Raymond Guy Leblanc, soprano, lute, 4 percussion, string quartet, 1993

For Daniel, tenor, piano, 1995

Trois Chants Klingons, soprano, 4 flutes, synthesizer, 2 percussion, live electronics, 1995


Prélude, Fugue et Allegro Vivace, 1987

25 Préludes, 1996

Lepidoptera, 2002


Beausoleil, 1986 (Serge Morin)

Abeguit, 1998 (unknown)


Les Cloches de Kastelli. Amerythme (ATLANTICA: 02002)

Montañas del Fuego. James Mark, clarinet; Michel Deschênes, percussion (CMFC: 99)