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Frank Russo
United States, North Carolina, Asheville
Frank Russo
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Frank Russo
3 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
4 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
5 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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New Music Added on N1M

Hello subscribers. When I look at the list of people who have subscribed to listen to the music I've composed, I'm excited to see where everyone comes from. I'm also curious as to why anyone is listening to 'Classical' music anymore. But that's a subject all to its own and I won't go there.

I've added a number of pieces. I have to apologize that much of it is digital. Some of my performances are on old formats that I can't download. Or, in many cases, the music has never been performed.

Of those pieces that have been performed or rehearsed and recorded are the vocal pieces from the MASS IN THE TIME OF WAR. A little history on that. It was at the beginning of the First Gulf War that I decided to write it. I knew that the title and the music could live forever because there is always war and I really tried to write a Latin MASS that was beautiful. I have downloaded two more movements so now there are three movements on N1M. There are a total of 5 movements but the recordings on the other two are of poor quality. Kyrie, Gloria, and Agnus Dei are what you'll find downloaded under my vocal compositions.

Two pieces that I just added are Appalachian Dance and Ballad for violin solo. There were some of the first compositions I wrote after moving to Asheville, North Carolina in 2010. Being up in the mountains and often hearing banjos and country music being played publicly was such an influence. However, the real impetus for these compositions was the death of my favorite uncle's wife and so these compositions were dedicated to her.

PRIMUM MOBILE for 2 flutes and 13 stringed instruments has been recorded but I don't know if I can download them for copyright reasons. So, I've downloaded a rendition that can give you the flavor of the composition. I wrote this composition in the early 1980s and the bequest of conductor, Laurine Fox. It had a bit of a following in the first few performances. It was also performed elsewhere in the United States. If you look up Dante's Paradiso, Primum Mobile, you can get an idea what I was trying to do.

Hope all stay safe during Covid-19.

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