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It is funny but my mom is much better known in classical music circles than I am.  Of course the contemporary classical music that I’ve written has been heard by only a few people.  Yes, you can buy a CD of my Hamlet Symphony or listen to some of my classical music here on my blog or on YouTube, but not many have heard it.  My mom, though…

I don’t know, maybe 20 years ago, give or take, she bumped into a man at a Cleveland Orchestra concert.  They started talking and he said he was a classical composer, that at the time he was concentrating on on Art Song, but he was writing his own lyrics because  nobody else said what he wanted to say.  So she said, “I’m a poet.  How about I send you some of my poems?”  Funny thing, he said sure, why not?

The composer’s name is H. Leslie Adams, and he is a well known son of Cleveland, though his music has been (continues to be) played around the world.  He’s used a few of my mom’s poems for his music. Continue reading

Briseis: That was Yesterday – Video

Achellis-n-Briseis

Last year I posted a song, “Briseis: That was yesterday”, which is based loosely on The Iliad.  I had at one time written a poem/song cycle based on Homer’s great work but seen from the eyes of Achilleus, or, using the better known Roman version, Achilles.  The song cycle would have been called, and may still  be if I finish it, “Songs of Achilleus”*. Continue reading

Black-Eyed Susan – Art Song

Frozen Blackeyed Susan

This is based on a post from 10 November, 2014.  If you read the old one note that I add quite a bit..

Several years ago I noticed the Black- Eyed Susans every time I turned around.  All summer and through the fall they were everywhere.  I went out of town for a week and on my return I didn’t see a single one.  I wrote an orchestrated “Art Song” about the disappearing flowers. Continue reading

Whose Sacrifice?

stars-flame-the-sky-s

See the fabulous image at the top of the page?  This painting was created by “Idiot Writer”. She painted it on a computer using a drawing tablet. Great, isn’t it? Just a quick aside – some people shut down when they read “art create on a computer”. There is no cheating, she created the picture by hand using a stylus.  It’s as legitimate as using a brush on canvas.

When “Idiot Writer” posted the light-painting she set up a challenge. There are many ways this painting can be interpreted. She asked for people to use a media they are comfortable with to create their own interpretation of the painting.  Suggestions include music, poems, photos, sketches, etc.   etc.  Being something of a composer and a musician I wrote a song. My song is more of an “influenced by” than an interpretation of the painting.  Take a listen and I’ll discuss it below. Continue reading

CD Review – Canzoni D’Amore, by Charlotte Hoather

Canzoni-D-Amore

A little over a month ago I decided to start doing reviews of books written by fellow WP bloggers. Although I didn’t announce it, I also decided to also look into reviews of CDs by fellow bloggers. Here is my first music review, at least the first one for a fellow blogger.

Canzoni D’Amore, an album by soprano Charlotte Hoather, is a mix of art songs/lieder and opera aria. Most of the music is relatively “safe”. You won’t find any of Webern’s lieder or an aria from Berg’s Lulu here. The music being very accessible is understandable for this type of an album. I recognized most of the music, but I wished there was composer info in the files. Continue reading

Black-Eyed Susan

Frozen Blackeyed Susan

Frozen Black-eyed Susans in the snow after blizzard of Oct 30, 2011

Several years ago I noticed the Black- Eyed Susans every time I turned around.  All summer and through the fall they were everywhere.  I went out of town for a week and on my return I didn’t see a single one.  I wrote an orchestrated “Art Song” about the disappearing flowers. Continue reading