This is the page where you’ll find some live music videos along with their stories.
Lili Boulanger (Paris, 1893 – Mézy, 1918) was one of those very gifted artists who only lived a short time. Her music displays a remarkable depth of feeling and sensitivity, harmonic color and continuity which makes her compositions both intellectually rich and emotionally relevant. She was the younger sister of the more famous Nadia Boulanger, the renowned composition teacher of several prominent American and English composers, among whom was Aaron Copland. Nadia was awarded the 2nd prize in the Prix de Rome composition competition in 1908, but with her cantata Faust et Hélèna, Lili was awarded 1st prize in 1913, the first woman ever to do so. Lili’s music stands along side the works of Debussy and Fauré in its colorful, graceful French style.
The following is a video of our live performance of Lili Boulanger’s “Nocturne” given on May 16, 2015 in Morgan Auditorium by the Lordsburg Chamber Ensemble, Danielle Rosaria, violin, Don Linde, piano.
We took this video of Beethoven’s “Spring”, Sonata No. 5, Op. 24 in April of 2015. Caelin Eager, piano.
Here’s the video of our Mendelssohn Trio taken in the summer of 2012 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Arcadia with myself on violin, Benjamin Coyte on cello and Vernon Snyder on piano. This is the first movement.
Be Thou My Vision is one of the most beautiful and beloved of all Irish hymns. A few years ago I had the privilege of recording this piece inside Sacred Heart Church in Covina, CA. To play this music in such a lovely place was truly inspiring. The following video was made from this recording. Here are the words to the first verse:
Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
Nought be all else to me, save that Thou art;
Thou my best thought, in the day and the night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.
Simple Gifts is an old American Shaker hymn. It is very well loved as part of American heritage and was used by Aaron Copland in his Appalachian Spring. Here are the lyrics:
‘Tis the gift to be simple,
‘Tis the gift to be free,
‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
It will be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gained,
to bow and to bend, we will not be ashamed
To turn, turn, will be our delight,
‘Til by turning, turning, we come round right.
Meditation is from the opera Thais written by the French composer Jules Massenet. It tells the story of a beautiful woman living a worldly life in Rome. A monk decides to go to Rome with the purpose of convincing Thais to convert and turn from her sinful life style. He eventually does succeed, but in the course of the story, tragically falls in love with her. Thais dies at the end of the opera. This piece is the story of her conversion:
In the Forest (Amazing Grace) was composed for string quartet by Sarah Wallin Huff for the annual Alternate Avenues banquet. Alternate Avenues, now called Assure Pregnancy Clinic, is a wonderful organization that helps babies, moms, and dads in need. Sarah had a couple days to work out this beautiful piece and we rehearsed it one time right before the event! This has become the signature piece of the Forest Quartet. We recorded this definitive version at my house in December of 2011.
First Dance has a very inspiring story. It had it’s beginnings as a simple violin duet and was called “Song at Lough Ree”. While I was writing the words, Christina and John from Clan Dragonas were preparing for their wedding in Texas. The season was fall, so autumn made it into the lyrics. We rehearsed it a couple of times and I was stunned and thrilled to see where the band was able to take Lough Ree! Christina and John decided to use the song for their wedding, so within a couple days we were in the recording studio making this recording. They ended up using it as their first dance and that’s how the song got it’s new name. We’ve had some good times this past year and the photos are a reflection of that.
When the leaves turn to golden, yellow and brown
and the sky is bright with cold
and the wind goes free and far
you still my love will always be
as hear and now you are.
And so my love, I’ll dance with you
as the sun brings us the day
and the night is filled with stars.
And even should these fade away,
my heaven is your heart.
On August 8, 2011, Clan Dragonas performed at the Anaheim Farmers Market. Here’s the video of our original instrumental piece, Dance at Clonmacnoise, named for a Medieval town in Ireland.