It’s been a while since I’ve posted here due to looking after my little babies. Their care takes priority at this important time in their lives. But I havn’t forgotten about creativity! I am happy to say that I’ve been working on some new music projects over the past few weeks and have some exciting things in the works. Here are a couple of them:
I have launched a new educational YouTube channel for children and their parents and caregivers. It’s called “Mommy Seastar.” I have a mix of interactive projects, relaxing videos with original and public domain music, “how to” videos, and movies about different subjects all for the purpose of helping parents as they educate and play with their children and for children to enjoy learning! Just look up “Mommy Seastar” on YouTube” to find the channel.
My newest video just went up today. It’s called “Americana” and has some famous American songs for children and their parents to listen to so hopefully they can learn them and sing along! I’ve included a song of all the presidents and our National Anthem to help with memorization. There’s even a little original violin piece that I included towards the end of the video. Here is the link:
A New Symphonic Piece
I will also be starting work on a new symphonic piece for the La Verne Symphony Orchestra. It is due in February so that the orchestra can work on it in the spring semester. I am so grateful for this opportunity and am glad I have a few months to dream something up. You will be able to find this new composition and be able to downlod this and other pieces at my IMSLP composer page: https://imslp.org/wiki/Category:Rosaria,_Danielle.
Adapt and Endure: that’s what we need to be able to do to maintain a lifetime of musical creativity. With young babies at home, I’ve got a full-time gig as well as an enduring love for music so needless to say creativity is pertinent and at an all-time high around here!
Some of my most enjoyable projects are coming from writing “Colorful Airs for Two Violins” which is a collection of diverse duets for my favorite instrument. These compositions allow me to continue playing and composing while adapting to being a full time mom. Now I understand something of why historically women composers have been under-represented in music history books since educating children is so important and takes so much time, but this is exactly what is such a vital role in the culture of music, namely giving it to the next generation!
You can listen to and download these duets from my composer page on IMSLP. They can be used as pedagogical music as well as performance pieces. You can check back to the page intermittently because I continue to add more duos. Here is the link: http://imslp.org/wiki/Colorful_Airs_(Rosaria%2C_Danielle)
These videos are designed for moms of young children who want to learn timeless nursery rhymes and sing them for their own kids. They’re also for those times when parents need some kid music to keep their little ones having good fun. Thanks to my kids who helped make these 🙂
I am happy to announce that I have put together a definitive musical version of both Part 1 and Part 2 of the legend of King Arthur. It’s undergone several versions. Part 1 also exists as my Symphony No. 1. Now I have arranged the entire piece for string quintet. It could also be played bustling orchestra.
This piece, my String Quintet No. 1, King Arthur, is the work of two years and tells the story of Arthur’s life from his becoming king to his death and the return to chaos. It is dedicated to all people who sincerely seek a just, good, and merciful world. I plan to post the score and parts on IMSLP. In the meantime here is the sound recording. Enjoy!
I have completed composing and recording the Gloria from A Mass for Peace and am posting all of the Mass movements as I complete them on IMSLP:
You can here the Gloria on IMSLP or on my SoundCloud page: