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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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On clutter

December 16, 2010

As one who, like my mother and my mother’s mother, SAVE things, I resonated with this wonderful article on the Southwest Airline Magazine as I flew home from visiting my parents. The issue of clutter and what we leave behind is very much on my mind these days. Some day, I will confess my own […]

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I called Martha Stewart a while back and told her that what she really needed to do was to invite Rufus Wainwright onto her show. In fact, why not the whole family. So I was thrilled to find that she followed through on it. Here’s what turned out, in two parts. (And don’t play them […]

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[A letter that Paul Chihara sent to faculty and student composers about Homer in Cyberspace. He asked me to put it on the blog which I’m happy to oblige.] HOMER IN CYBERSPACE The great Prussian general von Clausewitz once said: “At times the utmost audacity is the highest wisdom.” This applies, in my opinion, in […]

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Blog nerd e-tag

April 27, 2008

Dear Sister Alex Shapiro has tagged me in a game of e-tag with the following meme: Oy–– 1. Pick up the nearest book. 2. Open to page 123. 3. Find the fifth sentence. 4. Post the next three sentences. 5. Tag five people, and acknowledge who tagged you. Here is my quote, taken from Aaron […]

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Those that know

August 24, 2006

Those that know, know. Those that don’t, don’t. [James Merrill to RB during a recording session.]

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“Should”

August 24, 2006

“Anything following the word ‘should’ is usually bullshit.” Rev. Michael Lafferty [I guess this means we shouldn’t say “should.”]

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Bourland’s Studio; photo by Graham Streeter [Today, I turn this post over to Graham Streeter, the director of the film I’m scoring, Cages. Below his post is a Quicktime video of an excerpt from the film. There are no sound effects or dialog in this copy, but we decided it was a good idea to […]

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“Beliefs, once acquired, have a kind of inertia in that there is a preference to alter them as little as possible. There is a tendency to reject evidence or ideas that are inconsistent with current beliefs, particularly if they undermine central beliefs; this is known as the principle of conservatism.” [from “Six Impossible Things before […]

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