The Wind Ensemble Music of Paul Richards: Witch Doctor
Group Name University of Florida Wind Symphony
Conductor David A. Waybright
Event Composer Series
Album ID - 50196-MCD

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Track TITLE Composer/Arranger
1 Witch Doctor Richards, Paul
2 Snake in the Garden Richards, Paul
3 Eddying Towards the Day Richards, Paul
4 The River With Only One Bank Richards, Paul
5 Bat out of Hell Richards, Paul
6 If You Could Only See the Frog Richards, Paul

Dr. Paul Richards awards and recognition:

Won Special distinction for the "ASCAP Rudolph Nissim Prize."

Two first place prizes in the "Temple Musicians Young Composers Award."

1st place in the "Voices in Change" composers competition.

Paul Richards has been commissioned by the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Composition, Florida State Music Teachers' Commission. Composed the score for the award winning film, "Somewhere Beyond."

Reviewer Ira Novoselsky of Bandworld magazine writes:
“The University of Florida Wind Symphony first introduced me to the imaginative world of Paul Richards. It is most fitting this stellar ensemble has been chosen to do a complete CD devoted to this composer. The title composition pretty much speaks for itself with its voodoo imagery and boogie nuances. "Snake in the Garden," of course, is a reference to the Garden of Eden with twisting instrumental lines slithering through the music. "Eddying Towards the Day" is an energetic is a samba that never ceases its drive until the very end. "The River with Only One Bank" harkens to the ancients first view of the majestic and evocative ocean. "Bat out of Hell" is another work with a title needing little explanation other than the macabre journey of a lone bat. "If You Could Only See the Frog" is based on a children's song from Bulgaria and combines a simple infectious tune with exotic rhythms and meters. Dr. Paul Richards is a composer most worthy of your attention and this recording serves as a solid introduction to his music.”