trythall, Richard, American pianist and composer, brother of (Harry) Gil(bert) Trythall; b. Knoxville, Tenn., July 25, 1939. He studied with David Van Vactor at the Univ. of Tenn. (B.M., 1961) and with Sessions, Kim, and Cone at Princeton Univ. (M.F.A., 1963), then continued his training at the Berlin Hochschule für Musik on a Fulbright fellowship (1963-64); held a Guggenheim fellowship (1967-68). He settled in Rome, where he became a teacher at St. Stephen’s School in 1966 and music liaison at the American Academy in 1975. As a pianist, Trythall is a determined champion of modern music and has performed scores ranging from Ives to Stockhausen.
ORCH: Sym. (1961); Compositionfor Piano and Orch. (1965); Penelope’s Monologuefor Soprano and Orch. (1966); Costruzione (1967); Continuums (1968). CHAMBER: Duets for Treble Instruments (1958); Suite for Harpsichord and Tape (1973); Variations on a Theme by Haydnfor Woodwind Quintet and Tape (1976); Salute to the ’50sfor Percussionist and Tape (1977); Bolerofor 4 Percussion (1979); piano pieces. OTHER: Vocal works, including 4 Songsfor Soprano and Piano (1962); tape pieces, including Study No. 1 (1967) and Omaggio a Jerry Lee Lewis (1975).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire