This is turning out to be quite the summer. In case any of you are the tl;dr type, there will be a snippet for you at the end.
First, a point of business. In the last journal entry I mentioned changing some of my works to premium content. Some of the works I chose are already in the gallery. Others have yet to be posted. I will make the change within the month; this isn't a pressing issue at the moment. Here is the list:
2. Words Left Unspoken, or The Sunset-Emblazoned Sky
3. Resplendent Dawn - contest version (yet to be posted)
is a set of poems I am writing as the libretto for a dramatic soliloquy (solo tenor plus SATB choir and yet-to-be-determined additional instrumentation). "Black," the first in the set, will remain free to view. The other seven, when posted, will be premium content.
Now, to something I will briefly explain on here and in further detail in my blog's inaugural post. This past week, I participated in a an event hosted by New Fangled Opera called Opera Presto, which translates to something like 'opera really fast.' What went down was a bunch of people went to New Orleans, split into two groups with each including a composer, librettist, director, and singers, and wrote and performed short operas within about two days. I was in a group as a librettist with Monica Pearce as composer and Alexander H. Trice as director, and together we came up with Persephone
, a roughly fifteen-minute-long one-act about a speculated first manned mission to Pluto.
Here's the cast of Persephone
, listed alphabetically by singer:
NASA Dispatcher - Laura Booras
Seina - Molly Dahlberg
Dream Seina - Sarah Aragon
Eric - Daniel Foltz-Morrison
and not to forget the pianist, Liliia Oliinyk, or the people who organized this amazing event, Chris and Shelley Burton!
Everyone who was involved in Opera Presto is so very talented; I am thankful to have been a part of it. I learned a lot, and New Orleans is such an interesting place. Given the chance to do something like this again, I definitely would. www.newfangledopera.org/2015-o…tl;dr
Some stuff on here will be premium content soon. Also, I went to a thing where we wrote operas really really fast.
Now, for some music...
A cool-sounding set of piano etudes with convenient-score-is-convenient video.
An aesthetically pleasing work for solo koto.
A famous piece of Japanese court music.
And to round it off, the opening track of August Burns Red's new album!