Compositions by Richard Link

Richard Link on stage at the Sydney Opera House, after performing the original composition "Watch Me Shine."
Richard Link on stage at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, after the performance of his original composition Watch Me Shine.

Richard Link has written full musicals and scores for theatre, sacred anthems and liturgical music, extended and single-movement choral works, art songs and pop songs, and scores for film, television, video, and dance.

His music reflects a great diversity in style and tone depending on the needs of the show, from traditional show tunes to hip hop, country to pop, or ballads to classical scores. Soundscapes range from wildly techno electronic to simple acoustic.

Richard has music directed all the shows listed here.

Click the name to read about the composition or read the lyrics, or click the sound icon to play the composition.
 

Musicals

Heels of Glory
The drag action musical

An original musical with an action adventure plot and tunes that would have graced a vintage Bond movie — if they’d ever got 007 in drag.
Book and lyrics by Tricity Vogue.
Most recent production: London, June 2016.

Six Nights in Naples A new musical based on a quirky, true story set in the famous Naples opera house, the Teatro di San Carlo.
Book and lyrics by Eden Phillips.
Most recent production: London, June 2016.
Gideon’s Dream

A new musical based on the childhood memoir of Gideon Sorokin whose family fled Nazi-occupied Vienna to start a new life in Israel.
Book and lyrics by Adam Sandel.
First production: San Francisco, September 2007.
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Alberto, the Dancing Alligator

A magical children’s musical about a dancing alligator named Alberto.
Book and lyrics by Jan Taylor, based on the novel by Richard Waring.
First production: Edmonton, August 2008.
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Wise Guys

A modern retelling of the Three Wise Men story.
Book and lyrics by Tegan McLane.
Currently in development.
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Watch Me Shine

A cabaret musical history of the gay and lesbian experience.
Book and lyrics by Adam Sandel.
First production: San Francisco, June 2005.
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Dream World

An intergalactic musical comedy based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Book and lyrics by Adam Sandel.
First production: San Francisco, August 2003.
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Persephone

A modern retelling of the classic greek myth.
Book and lyrics by Tegan McLane.
First production: Children’s Musical Theater San Jose, San Jose CA, May 2003.
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A Little Princess

A musical based on the book A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
Book and lyrics by Tegan McLane.
First production: Children’s Musical Theater San Jose, San Jose CA, May 2002.
Second production: Kids Acting Against Cancer, Louisville KY, January 2007.
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2101

A science fiction musical about life 100 years in the future.
Book and lyrics by Tegan McLane.
First production: Children’s Musical Theatre San Jose, May 2001.

Pink Country

Performance Art.
First production: The Works Festival, Edmonton, June 1998.

Alice in Wonderland

Children’s musical based on the book Alice in Wonderland.
First performance: Treehouse Theatre, Red Deer, Alberta, July 1996.

The Painter’s Dream*

A modern coming-of-age story.
Book and lyrics by Barry Thorson.
First performances: Winnipeg and Edmonton Fringe, July-August 1994.
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Doctor Sterling and the Silver Shark

A interactive musical about sharks.
First performance: Leave It To Jane Theatre, Edmonton, May 1994.

Edmontune: The Musical

The classic drama facing all Edmontonians: When do we move to Vancouver?
Book and lyrics by Earl Klein.
First performance: Nexus Theatre, Edmonton, May 1993.

Hero Bound

A modern retelling of Greek Myths.
First performance: Citadel Theatre, Edmonton, 1992.

Mind Your Own Body

Catalyst Theatre, Edmonton.

* Winner of the 1994/1995 Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award for Outstanding Composition and Design.

 

Music for Theatre

The Caucasian Chalk Circle Commissioned and performed by the University of British Columbia, also performed by Illinois College.
Falling Off the Edge

2002 Gay Games Cultural Festival, Sydney, Australia; Theatre Rhinoceros, San Francisco.

Mother Courage

San Francisco State University.

The Good Person of

San Francisco State University; Arts Trek Summer Theatre Program; Medicine Hat College.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Leave it to Jane Theatre Edmonton; Red Deer College Theatre Arts Program.

Much Ado About Nothing

Free Will Players, Edmonton.

The Lily Plays

Fringe Festival, Edmonton.

The Caucasian Chalk Circle

School of the Performing Arts, Edmonton.

The Lady from the Sea

Northern Light Theatre, Edmonton.

Poor Relations

Theatre Network Workshop, Edmonton.

Sybil, the Reluctant Dragon

Nebulus Rebels, Edmonton.

The Exception and the Rule

Medicine Hat College.

Man is Man

Studio Theatre, University of Alberta, Edmonton.

Hamlet

Medicine Hat College.

Geeks in Love

Phoenix Theatre, Edmonton.

Mall West

Phoenix Theatre, Edmonton.

Left Right Left Right

Phoenix Theatre, Edmonton.

Phasers

Phoenix Theatre, Edmonton.

Whiskey Six

Studio Theatre, University of Alberta, Edmonton.

Mind Your Own Body

Catalyst Theatre, Edmonton.

Sacred Choral Music: Anthems

Alleluia (2003)

General. Composed for The Joyful Noise Singers.
SATB and piano.

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus (2003)

Advent. Composed for The Joyful Noise Singers.
SATB and piano.

Fling Wide the Doors (2004)

Advent. Composed for The Joyful Noise Singers.
SATB and piano.

For The Beauty of the Earth (2004)

General. Composed for The Joyful Noise Singers.
SATB and piano.

Make a Joyful Noise (2000)

General. Composed for The Joyful Noise Singers.
SATB and piano.

Prepare the Way (2004)

Advent. Composed for The Joyful Noise Singers.

Savior of the Nations Come (2004)

Advent. Composed for The Joyful Noise Singers.
SATB, piano, and b-flat clarinet.

Stand With Africa (2001)

Composed for The Joyful Noise Singers.
SATB, piano.

Thanks Be To God (2003)

Thanksgiving.
SATB and piano.
Composed for The Joyful Noise Singers.

We Praise Thee (1999)

General.
SATB and piano.
Commissioned by St. Peterís Episcopal Church.

What Wondrous Love Is This (2005)

Composed for The Joyful Noise Singers. Lyrics: Traditional.
SATB and piano.

 
Sacred Choral Music: Liturgical

A Joyful Noise: A Mass of Celebration and Renewal (2005)

Kyrie, Gloria, Santo, Lamb of God.
SATB, soprano, mezzo soprano and tenor soloists, piano, guitar, b-flat clarinet, flute, bass and percussion.
Composed for The Joyful Noise Singers.

Lent Mass (2004-5)

Kyrie,Gloria, Psalm, Gospel Acclamation, Offertory Anthem, Preface, Proper Preface, Agnus Dei, Sanctus, Communion Hymn, Post Communion Canticle.
SATB, piano, bass and drums.
Composed for Saint Paulus Lutheran Church.

Advent Mass (2003-2004)

Kyrie, Gloria, Psalm, We Light A Candle, Alleluia, Offertory Anthem, Preface, Proper Preface, Agnus Dei, Sanctus, Communion Hymn, Post Communion Canticle.
SATB, piano, b-flat clarinet, bass and drums.
Composed for Saint Paulus Lutheran Church.

Wedding Mass (2004)

Kyrie, Gloria, Psalm, Gospel Acclamation, Offertory Anthem, Preface, Proper Preface, Agnus Dei, Sanctus Communion Hymn, Post Communion Canticle.
SATB, piano.
Composed for Saint Paulus Lutheran Church.

Epiphany Mass (2004)

Kyrie, Gloria.
SATB and piano.
Composed for Saint Paulus Lutheran Church.

Pentecost Mass (2004)

Kyrie, Gloria, Offertory Anthem, Communion Hymn.
SATB and piano.
Composed for Saint Paulus Lutheran Church.

Pentecost Mass (2003)

Kyrie, Gloria.
SATB and piano.
Composed for Saint Paulus Lutheran Church.

 
Secular Choral Music: Extended Works
Four Seasons (2006)

A song cycle in four movements
1. Spring
2. Summer
3. Fall
4. Winter

SATB, tenor soloist, percussion.
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Woven Together
(2004)

A cantata in four movements
1. The Call
2. Song of Remembrance
3. All Wound Up
4. Woven Together

SATB, soprano soloist, piano, hand percussion.
Lyrics by Barry Thorson and Richard Link.

Songs for Us (1995)

A choral suite in seven movements
1. World, I Come with My Songs
2. Here
3. Philosophy
4. The Last Descendant
5. The Pomegranate Song
6. Today
7. Take Back The Day

SATB, tenor, soprano, mezzo soloists, piano, bass, percussion.
Lyrics by Elsa Gidlow, David Sobolov, Barry Thorson.
Commissioned by The Edmonton Vocal Minority.

 
Secular Choral Music: Single Movement Works

Tree at My Window (2005)

Words by Robert Frost.
SATB, piano or orchestra.

Give Them Hope (2004)

Lyrics byAdam Sandel with words by Harvey Milk.
SATB, piano, bass and percussion.

I Will Be Right Here (2003)

Lyrics by Adam Sandel.
SATB or TTBB and piano.

Watch Me Shine (2002)

Written for Gay Games VI, Sydney, 2002.
SATB (or TTBB or two-part) and piano.

Knowing You (2002)

Lyrics by Richard Link.
SATB or TTBB and piano.

Under One Roof (2000)

Composed for the 11th Anniversary of Under One Roof, San Francisco. Lyrics by Barry Thorson.
SATB.

If You Could Wear My Sneakers (1997)

Two-part children’s chorus, piano.

Just Believe (1996)

SATB and piano.
Commissioned by the Edmonton Vocal Minority. Lyrics by David Sobolov.

 
Art Songs
Narcissi (2005)

Poem by Elizabeth Nelson.
Mezzo-soprano, piano, and b-flat clarinet.

Tree at My Window (2005)

Words by Robert Frost.
Soprano, piano, and b-flat clarinet.

Song of Remembrance (2005)

Solo version of the second movement of Woven Together arranged for voice and guitar.
Tenor solo and guitar.
Lyrics by Richard Link.

Qingdao: December (2004)

A poem by Vikram Seth set to music. Used by kind permission of the author.
Tenor, baritone, and piano.

Three Songs (2003)

Three poems by Vikram Seth set to music:
1. Voices
2. Heart
3. All You Who Sleep Tonight Used by kind permission of the author.
Voice and piano.

 
Pop, jazz, country and other songs
Hard as Nails (2005)

Lyrics by Niall Vignoles.

Oh My (2005)

Lyrics by Niall Vignoles.

Rich (2005)

Lyrics by Niall Vignoles.

All I Know (2004)

Lyrics by Niall Vignoles.

Butter(2004)

Lyrics by Niall Vignoles.

Flicker (2004)

Lyrics by Niall Vignoles.

Gotta Go (2004)

Lyrics by Niall Vignoles.

Now (2004)

Lyrics by Niall Vignoles.

Missin’ You (2003)

Lyrics by Richard Link.

If You Only Knew (2002)

Lyrics by Adam Sandel.

Naomi’s Song (2000)

Lyrics by Richard Link.

La Lumbre de Amor (2002)*

Lyrics by Christina Trujillo, in English and Spanish.

Knowing You (2000)

Lyrics by Richard Link.

* Honorable Mention in The 2002 John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

 

Film, Television, Video, Dance, and Internet

Born at Home

National Film Board documentary.

Blood Clan

Feature film.

The Zibitz Theme Song

Internet game theme song.

Confluence

Multimedia performance art.

The Crystal Ball

National Ice Theatre.

Color Blind

Independent film.

The Kiss

San Francisco State University student film.

On The Ball

Dance video.

New Heroes On The Block

Film festival “Best Of” compilation.

The Crystal Ball

Musical on ice.

Baba’s House

Children’s T.V. series pilot.

Edmonton Journal

In house promotional video.

First Day on the Job (Alberta Health)

Industrial video.

 

Recordings

Heels of Glory (teaser album) A teaser album featuring eight of the most popular tunes from the drag action musical.
Committed to my Heart

The music of Richard Link, Volume One. Thirteen original compositions.

Hard As Nails

Music and Lyrics by Niall Vignoles and Richard Link.

In This Very Room

With Dante de Tablan, vocalist.

Music for Massage

Guided meditation with Catherine Potter.