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Frank Russo
United States, North Carolina, Asheville
Frank Russo
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Frank Russo
3 months ago

LUMEN for Piano

Hello.
I've been looking at some of my earlier works that have been in paper format only. This piece, LUMEN, was written in the late 1980s into the 1990s. I can't tell you when I actually started it or finished it but it was the only piece in the 1990s that occupied a great deal of time.
One would say I was trying to find my own language, my own sound, and at the same time trying to find meaning in life. During these difficult years was the AIDS crisis with the loss of many friends.
LUMEN is a discovery of trying to see light through music. The musical language may be uncomfortable to some and/or disliked by others. I ask that if you listen to the piece try to listen to the entire piece. Close your eyes and imagine looking through a prism focused on some source of light -- a candle, light or sun.

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Frank Russo
7 months ago

New Song Added: I am the Soul of the Song for Viola and Piano

I am adding today a composition I wrote in the early 1990s for voice and piano. This version is for viola and piano.

A little history about this piece. While I was living in Manhattan, NY during the 1990s there were many artists and friends who were dying from AIDS. It was a very difficult time emotionally and spiritually. I wrote 4 songs to the poetry of Perry Brass. These songs were performed once in California back in the 1990s. I don't have a recording of that performance. But I love this song. I tried to find the right instrument to bring out the pathos and beauty of the melody and I thing the viola does that well. Enjoy.

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Frank Russo
8 months ago

PEACE for Organ

Hello.

Today I've downloaded a composition called, PEACE for Organ. This was originally written for a great friend and organist named Donald Joyce back in 1984. He played it at concerts in Manhattan, NY and in Europe when he was on tour. It has not been heard in many years and I'm happy to resuscitate it -- to bring it back to life.

Also, I think the name of this piece and the music itself is befitting the times. We're on the edge of war internationally and tensions in the United States aren't lessening.

I hope you like PEACE for Organ.

Frank Russo

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Frank Russo
9 months ago

Three Pieces for Keyboard

Dear Subscribers/Listeners:

In celebration of having achieved 900 listeners I will download 3 new pieces called, Three Movements for Piano. These pieces have a history that I’d like to share with you.

In 1975 I moved to Paris, France to study with Nadia Boulanger, a great pedagogue of music education. I was very lucky to work with this 89-year-old woman who had known great composers such as Ravel, Debussy, Stravinsky, the many of the French School of Composers and teacher of many American composers. During the time in Paris, she reviewed with us Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, both volumes. She told us that she had memorized these pieces by the time she was 5 years old.

Before I left for Paris, I visited my first cousin, Dale, who was in the hospital. We were extremely close during our childhood but as we grew up into our later teens he started surfing while I studied music. I didn’t realize how sick he was and found out that he had cancer. Some months into my time in Paris I received a communication that he had died. I felt I needed to express my grief and wrote these three pieces which are unnamed and go by I, II, and III movements.

In 1977 I returned to the United States and moved to New York City. At that time, I started to work with the composer, David Diamond. I reworked these pieces with him. Most recently, I was going through some boxes of my music and found these pieces. They have never been performed. I reworked them again and present them here for your listening and enjoyment.

Frank Russo

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HUMORESQUE for Piano Solo Added

Dear Listeners: Today I've added a new piano composition called Humoresque. This is a digital version of the composition but it's what I have to offer you. The composition is an unusual departure for me in that it is very chromatic and yet remains 'tonal'. What does all that mean? I'm playing around -- hence the title, 'Humoresque.' I also think it might reflect some of what has gone on in the last year.

I hope you enjoy it. I like to hear feedback so don't hesitate to make a comment.

Frank Russo

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