Chamber Music Compositions

Colleague Commentaries

"Boukas is an absolutely amazing man of music- as a composer, a world-class performer and teacher of contemporary Brazilian music. He has completely absorbed this tradition, melding it with contemporary classical idioms to compose a series of pieces in a wholly new and different style. He is poised to receive major international commissions for new works."

Bruce Saylor
faculty, Queens College, Aaron Copland School of Music

"Through more than thirty years of dedication to the creation and study of Brazilian music, Richard Boukas has gone far beyond those genres closest to jazz such as bossa nova and MPB of the 1970's and 1980's. His impressive body of composer tribute compositions for Diálogos Duo fuses a wide range of traditional genres (including choro, baião, maracatu, congada, frevo) with styles of contemporary composers such as Guinga and Hermeto Pascoal. To date, Boukas’s work is the most significant contribution to guitar and clarinet literature based on Brazilian music.”

Dr. Bruno Mangueira
Professor of Music
University of Brasilia, DF Brazil


“Richard Boukas' rich array of new compositions for clarinet and guitar is truly wonderful, full of signature Boukasian harmonic surprises, rhythmic vitality and always heart-felt melos, even in the most virtuosic contours. Boukas has created, all by himself, a major repository of novel and substantial music for this delightful chamber ensemble, inspired by the Brazilian musical vernacular, that deserves and will achieve ample international exposure and acclaim.”

Ricardo Iznaola
Distinguished University Professor in Music
Artist-in-Residence and Chair of Guitar Studies, Emeritus
Lamont School of Music, University of Denver


"It is very gratifying to see Brazilian music being taken seriously and represented in great depth outside of Brazil. Especially when it is produced with the artistic sensitivity and creativity of Richard Boukas in collaboration with the talented Louis Arques. On their second album, CHORO TRIBUTES, Diálogos Duo presents a suite of a dozen compositions. They are inspired and thought-provoking pieces that revere historical figures, instruments and styles of great relevance to the world of Choro. Congratulations on another great recording full of beautiful interpretations. Brazil thanks you!"

Dr. Almir Côrtes
Professor, Instituto Villa-Lobos of UNIRIO, Brazil
director-arranger, Orchestra of Fretted String Instruments


Chamber Music Excerpts

The following audio tracks represent a wide variety of professional acoustic ensembles for which Richard has composed and performed as guitarist and vocalist. He has also presented numerous composer-educator residencies.

Some pieces (or movements from larger works) represent an organic synergy of Brazilian forms, contemporary contrapuntal writing and extended jazz harmonies.

Choro Sinfônia, ChoroBop, Choro Ricercare, and Sinceramente are based in the Brazilian choro tradition, while Trio Nordestino for Marimba, Violoncello and Guitar is rooted in the seminal baião from Brazil's northeast. The String Quartet "O Campeão" dedicated to Brazilian master musician Hermeto Pascoal is featured in the first four excerpts. The work defines its own vocabulary based on the initial materials, from the southern Brazilian guarânia to non-tonal writing.

Scores and parts for these and other works listed on this page are available from the STORE Chamber Music subpage
Established ensembles seeking to publicly perform and/or record a work may contact the composer directly for complementary artist copies.

La Catrina String Quartet, which commissioned Boukas' "Chorizinho for String Quartet" (Track #1 on audio player).

La Catrina String Quartet, which commissioned Boukas' "Chorizinho for String Quartet" (Track #1 on audio player).