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.
This little original sonata is in the Baroque style. I wrote out the themes and then improvised on them using the ancient idea of “affect” to vary the ideas and explore different moods and musical characters. The movements are as follows:
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!!
Thank you to the members of the Los Angeles Composers Collective who made this performance possible! Tu Nguyen played the erhu, Linda Rife played the cello, and Nicholas White performed on piano. This is the premier performance of my composition entitled “The Creation: Trio for Erhu, Cello and Piano”.
In celebration of St Patrick’s Day, this “Symphonic Picture No. 4: Dance of the Good People” has been composed from original and traditional Irish music and evokes to mystery of the fairy spirit world and the beauty of Ireland. Enjoy and thanks for listening!
I’ve recently completed a new chamber piece for erhu, cello and piano which I am very excited to share with you! This is my first time writing for erhu and it has been a wonderful experience getting to know this beautiful instrument. The piece will be performed live in Longbeach later this year by members of the Los Angeles Composers Collective.
“The Creation”, Trio for Erhu, Cello, and Piano, is a musical story of the creation of the world as depicted in the Book of Genesis. The three instruments playing the one musical composition represent the one God in three Persons. In Genesis, it is these three persons that create the world and in the music it is the three instruments together that depict the creation and bring to our minds the world being made.
The erhu is an ancient Chinese instrument and what is interesting about its inclusion in this piece is the fact that it is believed to have originated in central Asia. Some people also believe that the original Eden was located somewhere in Asia. I’ve employed both an ancient Chinese sound and a modern western one with the goal in mind to join the two, hand in hand, in a cohesive whole.
The piece moves through several of the major events found in Genesis. It begins with the existence of God before all things and then explores His act of creating. The piece is not made of movements so much as ideas, musical ideas which flow from one to another. They are as follows:
The Unmoved Mover
Wind Over the Deep
Birth of Light
Land and Sea
Birds and Fish, Sea and Sky
Animals and Plants on Land
The Meeting of Man and Woman
The Seventh Day
The musicians have these ideas clearly labeled in their music, but the audience is allowed and encouraged to use their imagination to see in their mind’s eye what is taking place. This is not meant to be a play-by-play depiction of Genesis but is rather an exploration into the act of creation that, when we look around at the wonders of the natural world and at ourselves, we know took place at some point in time, an act that again took place, in imitation of the original creation, during the composition of this music.