Composer Profile: Roger Bourland
by Tony Spano, Jr.
At the genesis of Pacific Serenades, a concert repeated over two nights at the home of Lee Burns in 1982, three new pieces were premiered alongside Baroque and Renaissance pieces for organ. The first commissioned work of Pacific Serenades premiered on those concerts. Composed by Roger Bourland, entitled Cantilena for flute and organ, this debut work was commissioned out of pocket by Artistic Director and founder of Pacific Serenades, Mark Carlson.
“I paid Roger $150 for that first piece,” Mark shared with me as we sat down in Roger’s living room on a recent afternoon. “And tickets were $5!”
“When Mark asked me to write the piece…” [read the complete interview here.]
Here is a recording of that first commission, Cantilena, but here is an alternate version for clarinet and organ.
Cantilena (1981) for flute, clarinet or soprano saxophone and organ
Gary Gray, clarinet
Thomas Harmon, organ
Publisher: ECS Publishing, Boston