Clipping from the Freeman's Journal announcing a 1904 concert featuring James Joyce James Joyce: Music in the Novels and Poems

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Besides teaching and performing, Mr. Richey is active as an opera conductor, music composer, and author of theatrical works.
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Portrait of Ralph Richey, Pianist

Mr. Ralph Richey

A native of Kentucky, Mr. Richey is an accomplished pianist and musicologist. He began learning piano at a young age, and his aptitude for the instrument quickly became obvious. He later studied at the New England Conservatory in Boston.

Through countless concerts, recordings, and radio and television appearances, in the United States as well as in Europe, Mr. Richey has built an international career as both an acclaimed soloist and noted accompanist. He has played concerts with a number of world-famous singers, including tenor Nicolai Gedda and soprano Dorothea Ricci, among others.

Since 1982 he has been living in Europe, where he is active as an opera conductor, composer, and author of theatrical works. His most recently staged pieces were a political musical based on the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty, and a play based on the life of the composer Franz Schubert.

He has performed numerous James Joyce musical programs with Mr. McDermott since 1979 at a variety of symposia and celebrations, both in the U.S. and abroad.

Ralph Richey in Dublin, 1982

Strolling through St. Stephen's Green, Dublin, Ralph Richey takes a much deserved break from the rigors of the James Joyce centenary celebrations, held in Ireland in 1982.

Mr. Richey is currently a member of the faculty of the Music Theater Department of the Folkwang Musikhochschule in Essen, Germany. He also serves as Chairman of the Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari Society, and he is listed in Wer Ist Wer (the German version of Who Is Who).

His remarkable talents as a pianist are amply on display in the concert recording, Music from the Works of James Joyce — most notably in his performance of Gustav Lange's Blumenlied (Track 8), the one solo instrumental piece included on the CD.


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