How samples and live recordings helped a composition to an award
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Just wanted to share a very nice and positive story about samples and live recordings working hand in hand for the forthcoming of new music. Last fall I was adressed by Ron Artinian from www.ravel-vs.com if I could record the first movement of a contemporary violin concerto for them over a sampled orchestra. According to the composer Dan Lazarescou he wanted to use that recording in order to promote the work for concert use and competition submission.
Today we got the news that the work has won the first prize in region VI (6 states including Texas) of the SCI/ASCAP 2010 Student Composition Competition. The work has been forwarded now to the national level of the competition.
I think the music itself is deep and deserves any possible promotion. This is why I practised my bottom end off for that recording, and although it is from last fall and therefore my recording and mixing technique have been refined since then I am proud of being a part of the project as it turned out. And if it would even happen that in the end it may help this work to be performed or recorded by a name violinist I would even be prouder.
Dan Lazarescou: "Two Maria" for Solo Violin and Orchestra
Solo Violin: Hannes Frischat, Strings-On-Demand.com
Orchestra: Ron Artinian, ravel-vs.com
Two Maria, written at the request of a French friend, is my humble homage to two musicians who opened the world of music to me, a world including the East side and the “West Side.” Years ago, I was fascinated by Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts. Today, I still hear the deeply touching voice of the beloved Romanian singer Maria Tănase.
The first movement, “Rhapsody for Maria,” contrasts themes inspired by Maria Tănase’s folk songs, united by a motif made of the first three notes of Leonard Bernstein’s Maria. The orchestra listens to, supports, and complements the rhapsodic story told by the solo violin.
About Dan Lazarescou
Dan Lazarescou (b. 1953) was born in Romania. After receiving his first degree (MS) in electrical engineering, Mr. Lazarescou spent over 20 years working in avionics, robotics, automation systems and the airline industry. He served in different roles ranging from computer engineer to vice president of flight operations systems.
In 2002 Mr. Lazarescou decided to return to school and resume the music training that had been interrupted in his teen years. He studied music composition at Richland College with Dr. Jerry Wallace and at Southern Methodist University (SMU) with Dr. Kevin Hanlon and Dr. Martin Sweidel, completing the program, summa cum laude, in 2007.
Mr. Lazarescou has been elected a member of the Society of Pi Kappa Lambda. He is also a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP), the Society of Composers, Inc., and of the American Composers Forum.
Mr. Lazarescou’s works include pieces for symphonic orchestra, wind ensemble, violin concerto, string quartet, woodwind trio, piano, clarinet, saxophone, and small jazz combo.
He currently resides in the Dallas area with his wife and three daughters, and continues to study composition with Dr. Kevin Hanlon.