A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, opera a cappella now available at Albany Records

Monday, November 27, 2023

String Quartet (1987) now at IMSLP


I've uploaded another piece to IMSLP. It's a String Quartet. It's Creative Commons, so free to download and perform. As I mentioned in the post about the Fanfare for Orchestral Brass already up at IMSLP, I'm an opera composer and songwriter now and will not be going back to write pure instrumental music. There was still good stuff along the road, so why not share it? 

I urge composers to make long term plans for their work and not trust it alone to fate, family, or publishers. 

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Notes on Viardot piano vocal score


Notes on Viardot, or in this image, Viardot on notes

The piano vocal score for NOTES ON VIARDOT has been delivered to University of South Dakota for its April premiere. A perusal version is now available for download. Thanks to Florida Grand Opera, Taos Opera Institute, and Missouri State University, for the workshop/readings

The first act is about a half hour and the second/third acts combined are about 45-50 minutes. I will be finishing up a 1/1/1/1 0/1/0/0 percussion, keyboard and strings orchestration. The first act will be available on its own. I'm proud to have written a full length opera that takes place on a unit set--projections desirable in one spot!

A homage to Pauline Viardot, NOTES makes lively and frequent use of pastiche, quoting over twenty works by the likes of Chopin, Gluck, Saint-Saens, Clara Schumann, Rossini, Mozart, Donizetti, and several pieces by Pauline Viardot herself. I envision the work allowing lots of cross curricular programming, both within a music department and outside of it. 

It is 1905 and Pauline has granted an interview to a reporter. She talks about her famous singing family, her debut and rise, her many famous collaborations, her salons, and finally--and reluctantly--about her personal life. 

If you have ten minutes, here are four short excerpts:

Act I “Characters” Sung by the Young Artists at Florida Grand Opera (PV 6-11) 2:13.

This will give you an idea of the extensive use of pastiche in the opera

Act II “Calling Cards” sung by Emily Owings at Missouri State University. Emily sang Pauline at the reading at Missouri State University. Solo version of a duet, giving you the breadth of Pauline's influence in her day.

Act III “Hermann and Dorothea” duet for Younger Pauline and Younger Turgenev (PV 153-160)

(ends at 3:35) Performed by Sophia Vidali and Colin Clark Bracewell at Taos Opera Institute. 

Act II “Chere madame Viardot” Turgenev writes to Pauline from Russia. Audio Sung by Peter Lake  (PV 87-93) 3:11 Aria has been adapted for solo voice