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Technical Insights from “Not Far from Home” #24


La Boheme and the influence of music…

My father was a classically trained baritone who sang in many choral groups that performed the works of Schubert, Brahms, Palestrina, as well as many other early gospel and early church composers.  As a child, numerous Sundays afternoons were spent at concerts soaking in the harmonies of these great works. These experiences have formed many of my sensitivities today.  As I search and strive to build compositions in my work, often I reflect on what I have taken in musically and find myself asking as the sound weaves its way through my being, “What would that feeling or sensation I am receiving from the musical harmony look like in paint”?  So the Journey begins….

This work, “LaBoheme”, inspired by Giacomo Puccini’s opera by the same title, is a tribute to how God has inspired me through music and the power that is contained within it.

Through the years, many have commented on the music that is playing in the studio and have asked for a list of some of the works.  The following are some of my favorites that have carried many inspirations. (The list is only partial at best.  Listed are only my favorite albums or songs of each artist, but often all of their work is greatly moving).

               Artist/Composer                               Album or Song

  • Ralph Vaughn Williams         Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
  • William Ackerman                  Conferring with the Moon
  • Arvo Part                                  Te Deum
  • John Rutter                              Requiem
  • Vassilis Tsabropoulos            Chants, Hymns and Dances
  • Giacomo Puccini                      (All of his Operas)
  • Josh Groban                             Mi Mancherai
  • Connie Dover                           The Wishing Well
  • Allison Krauss                          A Hundred Miles or More
  • Henryk Gorecki                        Symphony #3
  • Patrick Cassidy                         Irish Film Orchestra  (Famine Theme)
  • Itzhak Perlman                         Theme from Schindler’s List (John Williams)
  • Yo Yo Ma                                   The Music of Ennio Morricone
  • Eleni Karaindrou                      The Weeping Meadow
  • Fernando Ortega                       The Shadow of Your Wings
  • Dave Gerhartz                            Hear You Call
  • Hayley Westenra                       Quanta Qualia
  • Rodrigo                                       Concerto De Aranjuez
  • Joshua Bell                                 Romance of the Vioin
  • Loreena McKennitt                   Nights From the Alhambra
  • Nightnoise                                  A Different Shore
  • Oscar Petersen                           Night Train
  • Over the Rhine                           Happy to Be So
  • John O’Conor                              15 Nocturnes
  • Sarah McLachlan                        Afterglow
  • Secret Garden                             White Stones
  • Sons of Korah                             Shelter
  • The Tallis Scholars                    Lamenta
  • Van Morrison                             Poetic Champions Compose
  • Gabriel Faure                             Requiem

This is a sampling of my favorites…I did not include many of the more well known classical composers, of course, they would be on the list too.

I’d love to hear some of your favorites too…

Thanks and Enjoy!

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