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.
On Saturday, April 22 at MiMoDa in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Composers Collective will be presenting performances of new works for two sopranos, bassoon and various instruments. I am honored to be a part of this artistic endeavor. My setting of the poem “The Road Not Taken” will be one of the pieces performed. It will be performed by two sopranos, bassoon, and cello.
“The Road Not Taken” (1916) by Robert Frost is a very important poem to many people because it talks about choosing to go one’s own way in life. It’s a poem my mother has always loved. She introduced me to it at an early age and I believe it has had a very positive impact on my life. That’s why in gratitude I’ve decided to dedicate this composition to her.
“The Road Not Taken” (1916)
by Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
LACC website: www.lacomposerscollective.org
I am very happy to announce that my album “Eternal Dream” is finally out on CD Baby!
This album is the result of countless hours of composing, rehearsing, and recording and spans not only the music from over 25 years performing on the violin, but also the music written by composers from the Baroque to the present. It was such a joy working with all of the musicians who made this album possible and I am so grateful to each and every one. I hope you will enjoy listening to this music and that it will inspire you in your own creative endeavors!
Now you can purchase downloads of some of my original and arranged compositions from Sheet Music Plus 🙂 I’ve made several of my compositions available including a new arrangement for violin and piano of “Annie’s Song” by John Denver, my first string quartet, and a few original pieces for violin and piano. Here is the link to my Publisher Page:
I am very excited to be sharing this new artistic endeavor with you. Knowing how I am in need of forgiveness and God’s mercy, I am also so blessed to know that He offers His healing love to me and to all people who truly ask. In honor of the Jubilee Year of Mercy declared by Pope Francis, this series is meant to show the love and joy with which God offers His mercy and forgiveness. I am writing a series of compositions meditating on the love God has for us and what mercy means in our lives. These are the first two compositions of the series.
“Come now, let us set things right, says the Lord: Though your sins be like scarlet, they may become white as snow; Though they be crimson red, they may become white as wool.” ~Isaiah 1:18
(The sheet music score and parts for these pieces are available for download on Sheet Music Plus.)
This is the first piece in my “Year of Mercy Series”. It is a simple dialogue between the violin and piano. The lyrical opening section looses its way in a percussive minor section only to find its way back to the fullness and peace of the opening, though this time it is even more elevated and joyful.
This is the second piece in my “Year of Mercy Series”. This simple composition is written to celebrate the beauty of forgiveness and the freedom it brings. The cello and the violin share the melody while the piano plays in the high register above.
I’m up late tonight to bring you my very newest composition. The purpose of this piece is to bring you to a beautiful free place where you can imagine a story unfolding. I really enjoy picturing stories and places when I compose. This piece is a musical painting of an enchanted land where romantic fairy tales can happen. It has four sections:
1) Castles and Clouds
2) On Sunny Hill
3) The Storm
4) Clouds and Bright Water
I am happy to announce the successful premier performance of one of my newest compositions! It was so exciting to have the opportunity to write for the beautiful Chinese instrument, the erhu. I am grateful to the members of the Los Angeles Composers Collective who brought the piece to life!