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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 […]

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Here are five versions of one of my all time favorite songs, Chimes of Freedom. First, Bob Dylan’s original: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOMX9yJpa_g Second: The Byrds’ version (live) who made the song famous Third: Gene Clark’s version from ca. 1985. Fourth: Roger McGuinn revisits the song solo with his famous Rickenbacker 360/12 Fifth: Concert composer John Corigliano sets […]

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Mitchell Morris and I were researching the history of the famous Spanish-Mexican song by a Cuban-influenced, Spanish-born composer Sebastián Iradier Salaverri (Salaberri) (20 January 1809 – 6 December 1865), “La Paloma”. In our opera, the song looms over us as it was a song Angela Peralta sang her entire career. Here is one of the […]

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We have a very hip Dean in the Arts at UCLA. Dean Waterman shared this great YouTube clip on his FaceBook wall. Randy Bachmann reveals how that opening chord to “Hard Day’s Night” was put together. I took out my 12-string guitar and couldn’t get that F-chord with the G’s on top and bottom to […]

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As I’ve been playing a lot of 12-string guitar of late, it was great to hear the master fool around on one.

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Revisiting Madama Butterfly

December 11, 2011

As I compose my own opera, I am learning and revisiting the master operas. This week I’ve been studying Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.” Puccini did five revisions of the piece before he was satisfied. The press and audience were less than enthusiastic with the premiere, but its second performance was a success. The opening of the […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Contrasting meters in dialog

October 28, 2011

I have been working on a scene where two gentlemen are having a conversation. In my first draft I had the first chap in 3/4 time, and the second in 4/4 time, thinking this would be an interesting way to contrast the two personalities. It didn’t work; not sayin’ it can’t be done, it just […]

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This is an incomplete version of the song, but enough to hear how it goes. Buy the DVD for the whole meal.

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