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The Willow
I composed The Willow in West New York, NJ in 2015. This piece was commissioned by Carolyn Eynon as a gift to Carolyn Eynon Singers, on their 9th anniversary. This piece was premiered by “The Carolyn Eynon Singers” in Scottsdale, AZ on February 21st of 2016.
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1.54€
Extase
I composed Extase in New York City in 2015. This piece was commissioned by the French choir “Do Mi Sol Chorale” for their choral season in 2015.
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Refuge
Refuge was composed in West New York, NJ in 2015, and was officially premiered in February 27th 2016 at DiMenna Center of Classical Music in New York City, USA. This piece was chosen as one of the winners of “New Music for New York Composer Competition” held by Manhattan Choral Ensemble. At the day of the premiere, this piece also won the “Audience Favorite Recognition”. In other words, the audience voted for the best piece of the concert, and “Refuge” earned an encore performance and an additional prize. This setting of Sara Teasdale’s poem entitled “Refuge” evokes music as something like a refuge that allows the soul to truly speak. The harmonies are trying to express the meaning of all the words in the text.
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3.07€
Bubbles
“Bubbles” was composed in New York City in 2014. The text is an attempt to compare life with a bubble. A bubble has a brief life, and during its journey can meet other bubbles, can be taken anywhere by the wind, can hover high or low, fast or slow, and all of a sudden can simply “die”. So as our lives. The message is to live your life now, because it is short. The texture is varied with distinct moments of vocal representations of bubbles, male and female choirs, double mixed choir, improvisation based on real bubbles and changes on keys, dynamics, rhythms, and tempos. The piece can also be performed without the improvisation part. Note to performers This work requires the production of bubbles at two points: between letters F and G and again at the end of the work. To produce bubbles, one may use a bubble machine, a children's toy, or anything capable of producing many bubbles quickly. In the score, directions to make bubbles are indicated with an arrow. Anyone may create these bubbles: the conductor, singers, and/or members of the audience - one person or many.
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3.84€
Soft Rains
I composed Soft Rains in New York City in 2015. This piece was commissioned by the Metropolitan State University of Denver Women’s Chamber Choir. The original poem is entitled “There Will Come Soft Rains”, and it was written by Sara Teasdale. The poem is part of her collection “Flame and Shadow”, published in 1920. The poem imagines nature reclaiming a battlefield after the fighting is finished. It also alludes to the idea of human extinction by war. Among many music elements used to underline the meaning of the words, right in the beginning of the piece the word “soft” is articulated in different moments by each voice part. That effect gives to the audience a sense of a soft rain coming and going. This piece was premiered by MSU of Denver Women’s Chamber Choir in October 2015 in Denver, Colorado. Jay Dougherty was the conductor.
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Pain is a Virtue
We love pain. We love being in it. We even consider pain a virtue. When a woman cries the most at a funeral, She must be the best living soul. And even if those tears are fake and pitiful We prefer to believe in her show. We promise to never forget each other, But for now, so brief are our lives. We promise to feel the sting of loss, forever. But forever is just a blink of your eyes. You should move past your pain, If you say “forever”, don’t mean it with devotion You should heal, move on, be sane. Because pain is no more than a useless emotion. We love pain. We love being in it. We even consider pain a virtue. Pain is my Virtue.
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NAM
NAM was composed in West New York, NJ in 2017. Myoho-renge-kyo is the name of the Lotus Sutra in Japanese pronunciation of classical Chinese characters, and so the literal meaning of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is "I devote myself to the Lotus Sutra." This phrase is the central mantra chanted within all forms of Nichiren Buddhism as well as Tendai Buddhism.
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I am my own Path
I my own Path was composed in New York City in 2015, and was commissioned by the Metropolitan University of Denver, Colorado, USA. The text is an attempt to talk briefly about questions that we usually ask ourselves such as “Where I come from?” and “Where I am going?” when we try to understand the meaning of life. The final “conclusion” is that “Love is the creator of all things”. Despite any religion orientation, I believe that we are our own “Path”, and based on “Love” we have the power to create new things and to give meaning to our lives.
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Wintry and Wakeful
I composed Wintry and Wakeful in New York City in 2015. This piece is dedicated to Chameleonic vocal ensemble. This choir, founded by Vince Peterson in 2012, is the avocational branch of the award-winning Choral Chameleon organization, also founded by Vince in 2008. This piece was premiered by Chameleonic in New York City in December 12th of 2015 in the concert “Wintry and Wakeful”, and Bill Heigen conducted it.
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2.69€
Ocean of Illusions
I composed Ocean of Illusions in West New York, NJ in 2017. This piece is based on a feeling of being alone in the middle of a crowd. Also, reflects a moment in which someone may feel trapped in a situation and see themselves compelled to do something that they do not want to do. There is definitely a feeling of “wasting your life” into the whole piece.
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3.15€
The Five Stages of Loss
“The 5 Stages of Loss” was composed in New York City in 2014. I based the idea of this song cycle on the attempt to express each of the emotional stages that someone may experience when faced with impending death or death of a beloved one. The five stages are Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance. Those emotional stages together are known as the KüblerRoss model. This model was first introduced by Swiss-American Psychiatrist Elisabeth KüblerRoss in her 1969 book, “On Death and Dying,” and was inspired by her work with terminally ill patients. I wrote one song per emotional stage, and I wrote the texts based on what someone experiencing one of those stages may feel, think, and say. In honor to all of those who are gone, I dedicate this work to all of those who lost someone in their lives. Each movement can be performed separately, and the order can be different from the order on the score. However, I would like to suggest that any performance of this work begins with the conductor announcing a minute silence in honor to all of those who are already gone. At that moment, everyone in the choir and in the audience is invited to think about any loss that may have experienced in their lives.
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5.76€
Someone Who Dreams
Someone who dreams Sometimes I dream of saving the world. Saving everyone from the invisible hand The hand that brands us with an employee badge The hand that forces us to work for them The hand that claps While we are on-stage The hand that feeds us While we are in a cage The hand that controls us every day Without us knowing it. But I am not that special And I can’t stop it I am just this voice that sings I am just someone who dreams
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CX Choral Song Cycle
CX Choral Song Cycle was composed in New York City in 2013, and was officially premiered in January 26th 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Chico Xavier was a medium and philanthropist of Brazil’s spiritism movement in the XX century. His thoughts talk about good will and charity, and they help many people to have a happier life. The original language of the thoughts is Brazilian Portuguese. I translated them to English. Each song features one or two thoughts and the vocal texture was written to enhance their meaning. The songs can be performed separately or even in a different order. What is important is to share the message with everyone in performance.
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3.45€
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