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Music by Roger Bourland

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. Alarcón, 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 […]


A SLASH OF BLUE was commissioned by the Pro Musicis Foundation with supports young performers by giving them prestigious national performance venues alongside performing in retirement homes, prisons, hospitals or other places where attendance at such recitals are impossible. Kimball Wheeler, James Dunham and Susan Allen are heard here in one of their performances in […]


Pilgrimage to Mazatlán

January 22, 2012

THE STORY: Internationally renown opera star, Angela Peralta (1845-1883) travels to Mazatlán with her company, where they struggle to make music in the face of a plague. As the death toll mounts, Angela and those closest to her come to terms with their complex feelings for one another. Last week, I went to Mazatlán with […]

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“Paintings” was in many ways an homage to a teacher and colleague of mine: William Thomas McKinley, who composed many works called “Paintings”––a collection of short contrasting pieces composed to show off the colors of the ensemble and the talents of the performers. The work was commissioned, premiered by, and dedicated to Pacific Serenades in […]


All there is is love mp3 Music: Roger Bourland Text: Paul Monette Jon Bailey conducts the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles (1983) Published by Yelton Rhodes Music, Los Angeles. Chuck White, recording Paul Monette heard the premiere of HIDDEN LEGACIES in Royce Hall and rushed up to me afterwords to thank John Hall and […]


Now you’ll be able to see why I refer to Richard as the Nijinsky of the viola. Roger Bourland (b.1952): Three Arias for Viola and Piano (1989) RICHARD O’NEILL viola, JAMES LENT piano — UCLA Camarades Ensemble – LA Composers 2011 — Eminent string faculty of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, Movses Pogossian […]


Almost stable

August 22, 2011

As I promised you, my blogging has taken a back seat to the reality of moving from a large house in LA to a slightly smaller home in Los Altos. At long last, I feel almost stable. Moving to a new city is a traumatic experience. I haven’t called anyone or spoken with anyone except […]