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 thrilled to be able to share this video with you! Our La Verne Symphony Orchestra successfully performed this masterpiece by Viennese composer Franz Schubert at our “Music of the Romantics” concert. We’re looking forward to the spring when we’ll study Shostakovitch’s “Piano Concerto No. 2” with Caelin Eager as our soloist. Please visit our LVSO page (https://daniellerosariaviolinist.com/lvso/) if you are interested in joining us or attending our concerts.
I love the peace, grandeur, and dignity that is to be found in Chinese art and music. There is such consolation in contemplating the beauty found in nature as depicted by many traditional Chinese artists. My two compositions shown here were inspired by this beauty. The first one is the premier of “The Creation: Trio for Erhu, Cello and Piano” which was performed this year at Longbeach City College by members of the Los Angeles Composers Collective. The second is “The Blossom and the Stream”, a duet for violin and piano which I composed and recorded in my home studio. Enjoy!!
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!
La Verne Symphony Orchestra, live performance, May 22, 2016
This symphonic picture is made of traditional and original Irish music. The percussion throughout is there because of the Irish bodhrán drum found in so much traditional music.
The melodies are as follows:
1. “Star of the County Down”
2. “In the Forest Fairy Ring”, original
3. “On the Rocky Road to Dublin”
4. “On the Friar’s Hill”
5. “In the Forest Fairy Ring”
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!