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:
In the tradition of composers throughout the centuries, I have decided to write a setting for the Mass Proper. I hope with this composition to give glory to God and to bring peace to those who hear it. This Kyrie is the first movement. The Agnus Dei (see previous post) is the final movement. I am excited to begin work on the Gloria soon!
The score for this music is available on Sheet Music Plus: www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/kyrie-f…usic/20469837.