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Composers

Over the past four days, my new “Duarte’s Love Songs” was premiered at a small concert hall in a private home (designed around an organ by Greg Harold), in a modern church in Pasadena (good acoustics for a church), and at UCLA (not in a hall, but a carpeted public assembly room). It was fascinating […]

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In working with Vladimir Chernov on “Duarte’s Love Songs,” to receive its premiere this weekend, we rehearsed in four different ways: 1) the two of us, just singing unaccompanied; 2) singing in my office with Sibelius notation software playing back the instrumental parts through speakers; and 3) with the actual instruments. What I did not […]

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Some of my most adorable but embarrassing moments have been a professional situation, conducting a paid orchestra or a chamber ensemble, and all of a sudden my beat evaporates into “oh wow…” and Roger forgets where he is and thinks to himself: wow, that is really a great chord, or cool transition and I lose […]

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Busy time for RB in winter 2011. Let me catch you up, in no particular order. I have a widget on my phone that tells me how many days till my sabbatical begins. ———- Last weekend, Daniel and I went to San Diego (where he likely got the bug) to attend the NWEAMO Festival, sponsored […]

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Juliana showed up for dinner the other night visibly shaken having just heard the Opera UCLA’s performance of Francis Poulenc’s DIALOGUES of the CARMELITES. I went with Josie to the Thursday night performance and Juliana was right: the finale packs a wallop. Like the first time I saw APOCALYPSE NOW, I felt as if I […]

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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, […]

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Learning the language

January 18, 2011

Tonight, Mitchell and I met with Vladimir Chernov to work on three of our arias that will be premiered in March in the Pacific Serenades concert series. Our vocal curriculum teaches our (English speaking) voice majors how to speak clearly in various languages: Italian, French, German, Russian… We are experiencing this process first-hand in that […]

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Tears from Nimrod

January 12, 2011

For a break I decided to watch “Pirate Radio” tonight– a warm and zany movie. THEN — that sneaky music supervisor — they used the Nimrod variation from Elgar’s “Enigma Variations” and like a 1930s cartoon, tears burst out of my eyes with every phrase. Why do I get so profoundly moved from this grandiose […]

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I imported a file from Finale (music notation file [XML]) into Sibelius where I prefer to work. After a half hour of cleaning up, I returned to the opening measure only to find CHAOS! (see screenshot below–I know it kinda looks cool, but it’s really NOT supposed to look like that) The performing indication says […]

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UI in music

January 5, 2011

UI means “user interface.” My husband has been involved in user interface for many years and now is on the team that works on the Android operating system, so I get a lot of insight from hearing him talk. I got me to thinking: What is the”user interface” in music? Most musical instruments have their […]

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