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About the composer
Index of compositions by
Rachel J. Burckardt:Download sheet music of
selected psalm settings
St Cecilia Parish
Friends of Wood Harbor Music:
Origin of Wood Harbor
Village of Wood Harbour, Nova Scotia
Back when I was first playing with Bill Desmond's Tone Poem, we were preparing for one of our first gigs, opening for Dorothy Carter, the famous hammer dulcimer player, at a coffee shop in Hyannis. Bill had recently composed a piece name Nova Scotia. But then, he came up with a little 2 minute tag to play at the end of the piece. But what to name it?
Well, I wondered what is at the end of Novia Scotia, so I took out my Rand McNalley road atlas and found Wood Harbour, a small fishing village at the end of the island province Thus was named Bill's composition Woods Harbor.
Fast forward a decade and I needed a name for my "music company" for the tune I recorded for Bill's Christmas compilation CD, Gross Santa's Yuletide Favorites. Knowing that part of my paternal heritage comes from Nova Scotia and wanting to reference the enduring influence of playing Bill's music, I came up with Wood Harbor Music, and named the collection of musicians the Wood Harbor Ensemble.
Welcome to Wood Harbor Music, the portal site for the music of Rachel J. Burckardt and friends. Rachel is a composer and instrumentalist based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her compositions span many styles and many settings, from sacred and liturgical music to instrumental compositions for small ensembles and some jazz tunes.
Rachel serves as a volunteer liturgical musician and composer at St. Cecilia Parish in Boston, Massachusetts.
"Rachel Burckardt has a unique compositional style, personal and always pushing the boundaries of a complex harmonic language. "
(Joe Matzzie, composer and guitarist)
Find a listing of over 50 settings of 31 psalms. You can listen to many of my psalm settings on my You Tube channel. Most are very usable as Responsorial Psalms or for other liturgical settings.
Downloads of selected music now available!
Downloads are available for some of my liturgical music is now available on this web site.
17 videos of my compositions are available on my channel on You Tube:
The Bay (with Bill Desmond Tone Poem)
Gloria 2010 (from Mass of St. Anne)
Gloria pre-2010 text (from Mass of St. Anne)*
Psalm 16, You Are My Inheritance
Psalm 18, I Love You Lord
Psalm 25, To You, O Lord
Psalm 31, Into Your Hands I
Commend My Spirit
Psalm 32, Forgive Me the Wrong
Psalm 34, Taste & See*
Psalm 116, In the Land of the Living
Psalm 138, In the Presence of
And Very Early in the Morning/
The Mercy of God Endures Forever
On Chestnut Street (jazz)
Organ Improvisation in C Major
(The New Dawn)*
* Recorded live at St. Cecilia Church, Boston.
Organ Improvisation in C Major (The New Dawn)
Video based on live recording of improvisation played on the 1999 Smith+Gilbert Organ of St. Cecilia Church, Boston, MA
Rachel Burckardt: Organ
Recorded live by Evan Landry on May 9, 2014 at the New Dawn v2.0 Concert at St. Cecilia Church, Boston, MA.
St. Cecilia Music
Wood Harbor Music www.woodharbormusic.net
©2014 Rachel J. Burckardt. All Rights Reserved.
Sparkle String Discover to be re-released!
The first recording of The Bill Desmond Tone Poem will be re-released on digital later this year! Prior to his days leading the Bentmen, Des lead an acoustic ensemble featuring his custom-made hammer dulcimer. The results were perhaps some of the most creative and aurally interesting of the New Age era.