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Music by Roger Bourland

Released this week, a new CD of my complete songs featuring Juliana Gondek, soprano and William Lumpkin, piano: FOUR QUARTETS OF SONGS AND ARIAS.The YouTube clip above will give you a little preview. The album is available as an enhanced CD anywhere you buy CDs, and as a download anywhere you download music. You may […]


I rarely ask forgiveness of my readers, but forgive me for being a spotty blogger for the past few years. I’ve been busy, have been processing the transition from being a tenured university professor to an opera composer, moving to a new city, composing an opera, suffering from some medical issues, and taking a break […]


WHERE is Roger?

March 2, 2013

Bellini: I don’t mean to panic, but WHERE is Roger? He is such a sweet boy and I so enjoyed his posts on his blog. Especially when he let’s us come back and say a few words. Berlioz: I always thought that I would know, if any dead composer would know, where Roger is but […]


Back from a lot of work!

November 30, 2012

After not posting since August, I need to let my faithful readers know that I finished my opera and am putting the finishing touches on the piano vocal score. I had to cut out every time consuming hobby and habit I had in order to finish. This weekend I will begin decompressing, trying to slow […]


The AIDS quilt is now online. Be ready to spend some time with this stunning display. Here is a piece of music that John Hall and I composed that was used for a documentary about the AIDS quilt that was issued in 1994 and is now no longer in print. The music is from a […]


Not to make any comment about John Corigliano‘s “Mr Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan” but I read a comment by John somewhere and he confessed he didn’t know the Dylan originals. That’s when I realized that I come from a very different world than John. I am from a generation of classical composers […]


Still alive and rockin

June 15, 2012

Forgive me: I am rushing to finish Act 1 before Mitchell arrives for a visit next week. He promises to have Act 2 (libretto) finished, and I, Act 1 music. Seems fair. Even more exciting is that the acclaimed poet, Francisco X. Alarc√≥n, has agreed to write the Spanish version of the opera for its […]


I have never, and am still not, a scholar or expert in opera. I am fortunate to have as my librettist, one who is, and one who teaches me what I need to know when it seems I haven’t learned it. One of my, and apparently many others’, least favorite parts of opera are the […]


Singing for my friends

March 22, 2012

A tradition I started in our social circle is playing compositions in progress for my friends who happen to be over for dinner. I embrace this ancient court tradition, as did Franz Schubert. After a full belly from food and wine, what better than a little music. I put a twist on this in that […]


Distracted by my own song

February 13, 2012

While in Mazatlan, Mitchell and I composed a great song, “The Dove in the Tree” which we both think has huge potential. The problem with the song, and I guess, the strong part, is that it is so damn catchy. In Mexico, I composed the piano-vocal score. When I got home, I just couldn’t orchestrate […]