New Music Projects

Hello!

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:

“Mommy Seastar”

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.

String Quintet No. 1 Tells Arthur’s Story

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!

“Agnus Dei: A Prayer For Peace”

Because of recent world events, I’ve felt the need to raise a prayer for peace. Here, I’ve employed the ancient prayer from the Catholic mass which says, “Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; have mercy on us.¬†Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; grant us peace.” It is a repentant, hopeful prayer, so appropriate for today.

This Agnus Dei is arranged for SATB. It was an exciting challenge for me to record the sample audio, singing the range of the choir (I even got down to the bass a couple times). The piece is appropriate for church or concert choir, early intermediate to professional level. The sheet music is available for purchase at http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/agnus-dei-a-prayer-for-peace-digital-sheet-music/20460838.

It’s my desire with this music to encourage people to hope in God and to strive to bring His peace to the world.

Announcing “Symphony No. 2: The Creation”

I am very excited to announce the completion of my latest composition! This piece is meant to bring to the listener’s mind the wonder of creation and the amazing reality of the universe. For thousands of years, people have thought of art as a means of imitating the Creator of the Universe. The Book of Genesis tells of how He made the world out of nothing and how He delighted in it. It is much in the same way that a composer purposefully creates music. There is a significant difference in that God creates something out of nothing whereas the composer creates from pre-existing material (i.e. sound, time, etc.). Yet in the making of music, we can participate in the joy of the Eternal Creator who made the universe and us for a beautiful purpose. With this piece, I hope to inspire a meditation on the beauty of existence and bring listeners to a peaceful realization of being.

In movement one, there are melodic figures darting here and there to illustrate chaos, yet there is also a recurring sixteenth-note pattern that depicts the “divine wind sweeping over the waters.” Movement two is an unfolding of light. Movement three tells of the growth of order and of the joy of the new day of creation.

In three movements:

1. Spirito: In the beginning God created heaven and earth. Now the earth was a formless void, there was darkness over the deep, with a divine wind sweeping over the waters. ~Gen. 1:1-2

2. Adagio: God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. ~Gen. 1:3

3. Maestoso: God saw that light was good, and God divided light from darkness. God called light ‘day’, and darkness he called ‘night’.
Evening came and morning came: the first day. ~Gen. 1:4-5

The complete score and parts can be found for download on the IMSLP website: http://imslp.org/wiki/Symphony_No.2_(Rosaria%2C_Danielle)http://imslp.org/wiki/Symphony_No.2_(Rosaria%2C_Danielle)