From the category archives:

Music by Roger Bourland

The Smiling Spider for soprano, soprano sax, viola, cello, and piano (1983) Words and music: Roger Bourland (quotes from Charlie Chaplin) Performers: Composers in Red Sneakers, Karen McVoy, soprano Publisher: Yelton Rhodes Music The story behind this piece is actually pretty funny. The Composers in Red Sneakers decided to offer their “Concert 8 and a […]

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Recent Dreams for horn trio (1989) Music: Roger Bourland Performers: Richard Todd, horn, Debra Price, violin, Delores Stevens, piano Publisher: Yelton Rhodes Music Commissioned by Pacific Serenades, “Recent Dreams” was written during a period when I was having a lot of vivid dreams. Each morning, after waking up, I made musical sketches that somehow encapsulated […]

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Glamour & Eros (1987/90) for alto saxophone and electronics Music: Roger Bourland Performer: Greg Chambers, saxophone Yelton Rhodes Music Glamour and Eros was originally commissioned by Jack Elliott and the New American Orchestra who specialized in orchestral jazz. Jack came up with the idea of including 3 Yamaha DX7s and an EWI (electronic wind instrument, […]

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Mirabell (1991) Music: Roger Bourland Performer: William Powell, clarinet Yelton Rhodes Music Portable Rhapsody No.3 “Mirabell” for clarinet and tape was written for and dedicated to William Powell. “Mirabell” is a character in James Merrill’s epic The Changing Light at Sandover. Mirabell is a young mischievous spirit that speaks to the story’s main characters through […]

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NOSTOS (1982) for flute, alto flute, soprano and alto saxophones, clarinet and bass clarinet Music: Roger Bourland Ensemble: Composers in Red Sneakers, Concert 7 Conductor: Theodore Antoniou Yelton Rhodes Music In my composer-biography phase of movie watching lately I watched biographies of Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky. Both tremendously popular composers, but both lived with nostos their […]

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Bourland: Discography

December 8, 2009

For readers who wish to find CDs with music by Roger Bourland, here is a discography. Wind Song (2007) Marijim Thoene (organ) and Anne Chabreck (flute) Composition: Cantilena for flute and organ (1981) Format: compact disc Purchase _________________________________________________ Saxtronic Soundscape (2007) Douglas Masek, saxophone Composition: Glamour and Eros (1989) for alto sax and accompaniment Format: […]

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Waltz Nr.70 for violin and piano (1989) “Waltz Nr.70” was composed for a festshrift for Leon Kirchner’s 70th birthday. I never heard the piece until some friends played it at a party last year. I quoted it in “Recent Dreams” for horn trio.

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CaLibration Music (1991) for woodwind quintet and string quartet Music: Roger Bourland Publisher: Yelton Rhodes Music CaLibration Music was commissioned by the California chapter of the Music Library Association. This group put on a concert that featured Los Angeles composers, I being one and sadly not at the performance, and my piece was among them. […]

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Stories We Tell for cello quartet (1998) mp3 [UCLA Students] Hillary Smith, Bryan West, Jennifer Li, Christopher Ahn cellos. Stories We Tell was commissioned by the Concord Community Music School for their 1998 Anniversary Weekend. Students are in their early teens and get lessons and coaching from the schools instructors. In this work, it seemed […]

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Hold onto your seats boys and girls: “Back to the 70s” works by UCLA faculty will be held in Schoenberg Auditorium on December 3, 2009 at 8 pm. Featuring the works of Munir Beken, Roger Bourland, Mark Carlson, Paul Chihara, Ian Krouse, David Lefkowitz, and James Newton. Performers include the UCLA Faculty String Quartet: Movses […]

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