From the category archives:

Opera

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Sometimes I’m a bit slow. Two great musicians have been pushed in front of me lately and I don’t know why I never knew them before. Silly me. Peter Kazaras has encouraged me to investigate Bellini in terms of the way he handles dialog vs. arias. On the way I fell in love with a […]

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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 […]

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Being a smart musician

May 18, 2012

There is something to be said for a well-trained musician who shows up on time, shuts up, and performs their part perfectly. But when life gets challenging, working with a smart musician can make all the difference. One such “smart” musician saved my ass several times over the past week, and everyone involved in the […]

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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 […]

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One of the more perplexing moments for beginning music theory students are musical events that are somehow not logical. You ask: what is “logical” in music? The progression of a V chord, also called the dominant, to a I chord, also called the tonic, is the foundation of functional tonality. Every chord in the diatonic […]

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Bravo to Robert Aldridge

March 22, 2012

My old pal and colleague from a WAY time back, Robert Aldridge, just won a Grammy for best new composition: his opera, ELMER GANTRY. Bravo, Bob, bravo! I looked through some old photos hoping I’d find a few gems of our past and found these two. The first is our band as undergrads and UW […]

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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 […]

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