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Northern Arizona University
PhD Music Composition, University of Iowa
MM Music Theory, Eastman School of Music
BM Music Theory, Eastman School of Music
A former faculty member of the Oberlin College
Conservatory of Music and Wilkes University, Reiprich joined the Northern
Arizona University faculty in 1999 and served as coordinator of music theory
and composition from 2002 to 2007. Reiprich has studied Schenkerian music
theory privately with David Gagné, a co-author of The Analysis of Tonal Music: A Schenkerian Approach.
In 2003, he received the Teacher-of-the-Year
Award from the College of Fine Arts of NAU. He also serves as co-chair of Region VII of the Society of
Composers, Inc. and is a member of the Board of Directors of
the Living Music Foundation, Inc.
He has been a judge for numerous composition
contests including various Music Teachers National Association and Society of
Composers’ student competitions. During the summer, he has served as composer-in-residence
at the Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming
Seminary in Kingston, Pennsylvania.
Bruce Reiprich’s music has been described as “post-romantic
radiance” (Danbury News-Times), “a deeply personal mediation on
the poet’s feelings” (San Francisco Classical Voice),
“very powerful” (All Music Guide), “lovely and
evocative” (Guitar Review—New York), “very impressive” (Cumhuriyet—Turkey), and “of special interest” (Guitar International—England). With compositions that
span the gamut from overt tonality and metric regularity to atonality and
pronounced rhythmic flexibility, he explores the beauty of lyrical lines, lush
harmonies and colorful textures. Composers as diverse as Toru Takemitsu, György
Ligeti, Luigi Nono, and Samuel Barber have been particularly influential in the
development of his own style.
Much of Reiprich’s music is a reflection upon
images of nature found in the Turkish poetry of Oguz Tansel and in classical
Chinese and Japanese poetry. Recently, he has been influenced by the long
sentences with spiraling subordinate clauses that Marcel Proust employed in
his Remembrance of Things Past. Ultimately, it is the
serene and contemplative—the unexpected moment of self-contained and quiescent
beauty in nature and art—that serve as Reiprich’s inspiration.