I Remember

I Remember Playlist
1/13 audio tracks
1
Valse in A-Flat Major, Op. 38
Valse in A-Flat Major, Op. 38
05:29
2
Violin Sonata in A Minor "F-A-E": III. Scherzo in C Minor, WoO 2
Violin Sonata in A Minor "F-A-E": III. Scherzo in C Minor, WoO 2
05:10
3
Villanelle
Villanelle
06:36
4
Romance in F Minor, Op. 11, B. 38
Romance in F Minor, Op. 11, B. 38
12:01
5
3 Ecossaises, Op. 72 No. 3
3 Ecossaises, Op. 72 No. 3
02
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Souvenir d&#039Amérique on Yankee Doodle, Op. 17
Souvenir d'Amérique on Yankee Doodle, Op. 17
05:17
7
Waldberauscht
Waldberauscht
03:29
8
Dances with Time: IV. Danzón (Arr. for String Trio)
Dances with Time: IV. Danzón (Arr. for String Trio)
08:40
9
Carousel
Carousel
04:22
10
Bubblegum Delicious, Pt. 1
Bubblegum Delicious, Pt. 1
07:41
11
Bubblegum Delicious, Pt. 2
Bubblegum Delicious, Pt. 2
06:22
12
Dance
Dance
02:56
13
6 Gesänge, Op. 34: No. 2, Auf Flügeln des Gesanges, MWV K86
6 Gesänge, Op. 34: No. 2, Auf Flügeln des Gesanges, MWV K86
02:40

Cambria Master Recordings, 2017

University of Toronto Schools: Alumni Musicians and Friends

Derek Bate, Aaron Dou, Su Jeon Higuera, & Annie Zhou – Piano

Billy Bao, Conrad Chow, Amir Safavi, Emma Meinrenken, & Aaron Schwebel – Violin

Donna Oh & Ronald Royer – Cello, Mark Laidman – Bass, Rebecca Moranis – Flute, James Sommerville – Horn, Cynthia Smithers – Soprano, Alastair Thorburn-Vitols – Boy Soprano, David Fallis – Narrator, & Alex Eddington – Conductor

Tracks
  1. Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915): Valse in A flat major, Op. 38 (5:26): Annie Zhou – Piano
  2. Johannes Brahms (1833-1897): Scherzo from the F.A.E. Sonata (Sonatensatz) (5:07): Amir Safavi – Violin & Aaron Dou – Piano
  3. Paul Dukas (1865-1935): Villanelle (6:33): James Sommerville – Horn & Annie Zhou – Piano
  4. Antonin Dvořák (1841-1904): Romance in F minor, Op. 11 (11:58): Aaron Schwebel – Violin & Derek Bate – Piano
  5. Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849): Trois Écossaises, Op. 72, No. 3 (1:57): Annie Zhou – Piano
  6. Henri Vieuxtemps (1820–1881): Souvenir d’Amérique, Variations burlesques sur “Yankee Doodle”, Op. 17 (5:14): Emma Meinrenken – Violin & Su Jeon Higuera – Piano
  7. Alexander Rapoport (1957-): Waldberauscht (Forest Rush) (3:26): James Sommerville – Horn & Annie Zhou – Piano (Premiere Recording)
  8. Ronald Royer (1959-): Danzon (8:37): Conrad Chow, Aaron Schwebel – Violins, Ronald Royer – Cello & Aaron Dou – Piano (Premiere Recording)
  9. Sarah Shugarman (1976-): Carousel (4:17): Aaron Schwebel, Conrad Chow, Emma Meinrenken – Violins, Ronald Royer, Donna Oh – Cellos & Mark Laidman – Bass (Premiere Recording)

10 -11. Alex Eddington (1980-): Bubblegum Delicious (based on poetry by Dennis Lee) (7:40 & 6:20): Cynthia Smithers –  Soprano, Rebecca Moranis – Flute, Conrad Chow – Violin, Donna Oh – Cello, Aaron Dou – Piano, David Fallis – Narrator & Alex Eddington – Conductor (Premiere Recording)

  1. Billy Bao (1996-): Dance (2:53): Billy Bao – Violin & Ronald Royer – Cello (Premiere Recording)
  2. Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847): Auf Flügeln des Gesanges (On Wings of Song), Op. 34, No. 2 (2:39): Alastair Thorburn-Vitols – Boy Soprano & Derek Bate – Piano

Total Time: 72:38

Introduction

Featuring newly composed Canadian and traditional European chamber music, I Remember is a compilation of artists reflecting on youth through music. The recording explores themes of playfulness, passion, nostalgia, joy, and love. These themes were in mind when five Canadian composers wrote their music and the performers chose the other pieces. All performers and Canadian composers featured on this CD are connected to University of Toronto Schools (UTS). Affiliated with the University of Toronto, UTS focuses on providing students from Grades 7 to 12 an exceptional academic experience. The music on this CD is an eclectic collection, representing an institution that supports varied individual interests, and celebrating a passion for learning.

Ronald Royer – Danzon (8:37)

Conrad Chow, Aaron Schwebel-Violins, Ronald Royer-Cello & Aaron Dou-Piano (Premiere Recording)

Danzon is inspired by two divergent sources, the city of Los Angeles and the In Nomine section of the Mass Gloria tibi Trinitas by John Taverner (c.1490-1545). Originally, this work was the fourth movement of my Dances with Time, a concerto for Flute, Cello, and Chamber Orchestra. For Danzon, the In Nomine musical material serves as the melodic inspiration and is transformed through the prism of Los Angeles, which contributes musical elements from Latin America and Film Noir movie scores.

Since I was born, grew up and began my career in Los Angeles, I felt Danzon would fit the theme: I Remember. I arranged Danzon to allow me to perform with two of my former UTS students (violinists Conrad Chow and Aaron Schwebel), and a current senior student, pianist Aaron Dou.

Canadian Panorama

Cambria Master Recordings
2017

In short, this recording and the music so beautifully performed on it are, and will continue to be for many years, a precious gift to us all in the year of our nation’s 150th birthday.

The WholeNote, Allan Pulker, January 23, 2017

Video Playlist
1/10 videos
1
Fundy
Fundy
07:09
2
Rhapsody: I. Andante Maestoso, Allegretto
Rhapsody: I. Andante Maestoso, Allegretto
05:27
3
Rhapsody: II. Allegro Vivace
Rhapsody: II. Allegro Vivace
05:18
4
Travels with Mozart: Theme - Variations 1-4
Travels with Mozart: Theme - Variations 1-4
06:47
5
Travels with Mozart: Variations 5-7 - Finale
Travels with Mozart: Variations 5-7 - Finale
08:51
6
Saturday Night at Fort Chambly
Saturday Night at Fort Chambly
08:22
7
Allemande
Allemande
04:56
8
Serenade
Serenade
05:24
9
Whirligig
Whirligig
06:23
10
McIntyre Ranch Country (version for wind ensemble)
McIntyre Ranch Country (version for wind ensemble)
07:53

Tandem, New Music for Two Trumpets

Independent, CD Baby, 2016

Barton Woomert & Steven Woomert – Trumpet / Rachel Kerr & Sonya Sim – Piano

For Royer: Barton Woomert-Trumpet, Steven Woomert-Flugelhorn & Rachel Kerr-Piano

“I’d like to express my deep appreciation to Bruce, Jim and Ron for composing such melodic and lyrical music. Their talent, energy, ongoing support and friendship surpassed all my expectations from the outset. “

Barton Woomert

Introduction

While performing for many years in the orchestral world, I always held a vision to be instrumental in bringing new music to the trumpet community, particularly as I began working closely with advanced trumpet students and then to my surprise, with my own trumpet-aspiring son. When I set out to commission the new works for this project, my primary goal was to contribute beautiful music that was challenging but also enjoyable for trumpeters to play. I’d like to express my deep appreciation to Bruce, Jim and Ron for composing such melodic and lyrical music. Their talent, energy, ongoing support and friendship surpassed all my expectations from the outset. – Barton Woomert

Program Notes

I have composed several works that have been inspired by various types of classical music from the past, but this is the first time I was inspired by the music of the Middle Ages. Barton and Steve Woomert approached me to compose a work featuring two trumpets and piano in an expressive and melodic style. I thought of the possibility of composing a set of variations based on a Gregorian chant, and that it could be colourful to use a trumpet and a flugelhorn instead of two trumpets. Then we decided to expand the project by creating two versions, one for piano and one using chamber orchestra to accompany the two brass instruments.

For the theme, I chose the Kyrie Cunctipotens Genitor, a musical setting of the Kyrie that was written in the 10th century and was appropriate to be sung on Christmas Day as part of the Mass. In the early 1360s, Guillaume de Machaut chose this chant for the Kyrie section of his La Messe de Nostre Dame. I start my Fantasy Variations with the piano playing a quote from the beginning of Machaut’s Kyrie. The Kyrie chant main theme enters, played first by the flugelhorn then by the trumpet. The introductory Machaut material returns, in varied form, at the beginning of variations 1, 3, 4, 6 and 7. In variation 1, the trumpet and flugelhorn play the theme transformed by music from classic Hollywood epic biblical films such as Ben Hur and The Ten Commandments. Variation 2 (Echoes), seeks to have the trumpet and flugelhorn create the sound of echoes, as found in nature. Variation 3 (Hocket) is based on a Hocket, a device used in polyphonic music of the 13th and 14th centuries which is characterized by the splitting of a melodic line between two voices. The trumpet and flugelhorn use this devise, where one instrument sounds while the other is silent, to play the main melody of this variation. Variation 4 (Romanza) is influenced by the film music of Film Noir movies, featuring a seductive and slightly disturbed atmosphere in honour of the “femme fatale”. In variation 5 (Turkish), inspiration comes from Turkish classical music, with the trumpet playing a short cadenza followed by a rhythmic section in an unusual 14/8 time. Variation 6 (Danza) is inspired by the rhythmically intense music of the Argentinian composer, Alberto Ginastera. Variation 7 (Epilogue) returns to France, the country of origin for the opening Machaut music. However, inspiration h

Tracks

1-3. Jim McGrath – Three Bagatelles for Two Trumpets and Piano

4-11. Ronald Royer – Fantasy Variations on a Gregorian Chant for Trumpet, Flugelhorn and Piano (16:45)

4. Theme (1:40)

5. Variation 1: Largo (2:14)

6. Variation 2 (Echoes): Andante (1:31)

7. Variation 3 (Hocket): Allegretto (1:15)

8. Variation 4 (Romanza): Moderato (2:59)

9. Variation 5 (Turkish): Allegro (1:32)

10. Variation 6 (Danza): Allegro giusto (2:07)

11. Variation 7 (Epilogue): Meno mosso – Majestic (3:27)

12-14. Bruce Broughton – Three, for Two B-flat Trumpets, Cornets and Piano

15. Jim McGrath – Hollywood Nocturne for Trumpet and Piano

Romancing Chopin

Cambria Master Recordings, 2015

Valerie Tryon-Piano, Nora Shulman-Flute, Kaye Royer-Clarinet, Conraad Bloemendal-Cello

Toronto Sinfonietta, Matthew Jaskiewicz-Conductor

 

“Conductor Matthew Jaskiewicz conducts the Toronto Sinfonietta in Romancing Chopin, an ambitious album that brings together several exceptional soloists and a pair of Canadian composers in a tribute to Chopin’s continuing legacy. Ronald Royer, composer in residence with the ensemble, contributes three substantial works of his own as well as several arrangements of Chopin’s chamber works…quite a fascinating release.” –

WholeNote Magazine, Daniel Foley 

 

Ronald Royer – In Memoriam Fryderyk Chopin, for Clarinet, Cello and String Orchestra (7:41)

Kaye Royer-Clarinet, Conraad Bloemendal-Cello, Matthew Jaskiewicz-Conductor

In Memoriam Fryderyk Chopin is based upon and inspired by the Nocturne in E Minor, Op. 72, No. 1 for piano.  In Memoriam serves as a reflection on the life, work and death of Chopin at the age of thirty-nine.  After a short introduction, a meditative section features violin trills and a cadenza for clarinet followed by one for cello.  A more rhythmic and energetic section follows, which is meant to suggest his struggles in life and creativity.  After a climactic section for the string orchestra, a more peaceful section shines through representing the beauty, joy and genius of Chopin’s legacy.

Ronald Royer – Fantaisie-Impromptu, for Flute and String Orchestra (5:53)

Nora Shulman-Flute, Matthew Jaskiewicz-Conductor

The Fantaisie-Impromptu is a fantasy based upon the Impromptu No.3 in G flat Major, Op. 51 by Fryderyk Chopin, and strives to maintain the light-hearted spontaneity of the original.  Fantaisie Impromptu is in a Rondo form (ABACA), with an introduction and coda section.  The main melody (A section) makes use of the notes of Chopin’s main melody (with minor alterations), but changes Chopin’s rhythm and harmony to give the music a more 20th century feel.  The contrasting B Section is based upon a motive from the original Chopin melody while the C section is based on still another part of Chopin’s composition.  In the C section, the composer inserts one melody of his own, a Bartok-like folk melody.  The composition ends with an energetic coda, complete with a slight variation of Chopin’s own ending to his Impromptu.

Ronald Royer – Nocturne, for Clarinet and String Orchestra (7:54)

Kaye Royer-Clarinet, Matthew Jaskiewicz-Conductor

The Nocturne for clarinet and string orchestra is not based on an original Chopin composition, but is instead inspired by Chopin’s music aesthetic and works as a whole.  The introduction of the Nocturne, beginning on the note “E”, gradually thickens harmonically, using suspensions, while the clarinet introduces a motive that evolves into the first theme.  The second theme is started in the lower register of the clarinet and then developed.  At the end, a short clarinet cadenza brings back material from the first theme.

Tracks

1-5. Fryderyk Chopin: Five Mazurkas, 7, arr. for Chamber Orchestra by Alexander Rapaport (2:29, 4:39, 2:42, 1:33, 1:22)

6. Fryderyk Chopin: Largo from Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 65, arr. for Cello and String Orchestra by Ronald Royer (4:13)

7. Fryderyk Chopin: Nocturne in Eb major, Op. 9, No. 2, arr. for Cello and String Orchestra by Ronald Royer (5:07)

8. Fryderyk Chopin: Variations on a Theme by Rossini, arr. for Flute and String Orchestra by Ronald Royer and Alex Eddington (6:04)

9. Ronald Royer – In Memoriam Fryderyk Chopin (based on Nocturne in E minor, Op. 72, No. 1) for Clarinet, Cello and String Orchestra (7:41)

10. Ronald Royer – Fantaisie Impromptu (based on Impromptu in Gb major, Op. 51, No. 3) for Flute and String Orchestra (5:53)

11. Ronald Royer – Nocturne for Clarinet and String Orchestra (7:54)

12. Alexander Rapaport – Variations on a Theme of Chopin (based on Prelude in C minor, Op. 28, No. 20) for Piano and Chamber Orchestra (12:41)

13. Fryderyk Chopin – Grande Polonaise Brilliante in Eb major, Op. 22 for Piano and Orchestra (9:54)

Audio Tracks
1/13 videos
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Mazurka No. 5 in B-Flat Major, Op. 7, No. 1 (arr. A. Rapoport for chamber orchestra)
Mazurka No. 5 in B-Flat Major, Op. 7, No. 1 (arr. A. Rapoport for chamber orchestra)
02:30
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Mazurka No. 6 in A Minor, Op. 7, No. 2 (arr. A. Rapoport for chamber orchestra)
Mazurka No. 6 in A Minor, Op. 7, No. 2 (arr. A. Rapoport for chamber orchestra)
04:40
3
Mazurka No. 7 in F Minor, Op. 7, No. 3 (arr. A. Rapoport for chamber orchestra)
Mazurka No. 7 in F Minor, Op. 7, No. 3 (arr. A. Rapoport for chamber orchestra)
02:43
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Mazurka No. 8 in A-Flat Major, Op. 7, No. 4 (arr. A. Rapoport for chamber orchestra)
Mazurka No. 8 in A-Flat Major, Op. 7, No. 4 (arr. A. Rapoport for chamber orchestra)
01:34
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Mazurka No. 9 in C Major, Op. 7, No. 5 (arr. A. Rapoport for chamber orchestra)
Mazurka No. 9 in C Major, Op. 7, No. 5 (arr. A. Rapoport for chamber orchestra)
01:23
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Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 65: III. Largo (arr. R. Royer cello and string orchestra)
Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 65: III. Largo (arr. R. Royer cello and string orchestra)
04:14
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Nocturne in E-Flat Major, Op. 9, No. 2 (arr. R. Royer for cello and string orchestra)
Nocturne in E-Flat Major, Op. 9, No. 2 (arr. R. Royer for cello and string orchestra)
05:08
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Variations on a Theme by Rossini (arr. R. Royer and A. Eddington for flute and string orchestra)
Variations on a Theme by Rossini (arr. R. Royer and A. Eddington for flute and string orchestra)
06:05
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In Memoriam Fryderyk Chopin
In Memoriam Fryderyk Chopin
07:42
10
Fantaisie-Impromptu
Fantaisie-Impromptu
05:54
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Nocturne
Nocturne
07:55
12
Variations on a Theme of Chopin
Variations on a Theme of Chopin
12:42
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Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante in E-Flat Major, Op. 22
Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante in E-Flat Major, Op. 22
09:55

The Time of My Life

Independent, CD Baby, 2013

Brunette Dillon-Piccolo Trumpet, Flugelhorn & Bb Trumpet

Los Angeles Studio Orchestra, Jorge Mester & Bill Reichenbach-Conductors

Notes:

More than once I have heard colleagues comment “…they are actually paying me to do this”. The musicians and friends who participated in this project fit into that category. I am both pleased and honored that they chose to perform on my CD. -Burnette Dillon

When Burnette Dillon asked me to write a concerto using a variety of different trumpets, I was intrigued. We began by making a plan to use three instruments: a piccolo trumpet in A, a flugelhorn and a trumpet in Bb. Both the piccolo trumpet and the flugelhorn were new territory for me as a composer. Luckily, Burnette was a commissioner who wanted to have an active part in the creation of a new work. His help in creating solo parts that were idiomatic was invaluable. Burnette has worked as both a symphonic and studio musician in Los Angeles, so I decided to make musical references to both worlds.

The opening Ouverture, for piccolo trumpet, is in a neo-baroque style, in homage to an instrument commonly associated with this era. The movement is basically in a French Ouverture form, with a slow majestic start followed by a fast, energetic, and virtuosic middle section, and ends with a return to the slow majestic music.  The musical material from the very opening is continually developed throughout the movement, using a variety of baroque (and more contemporary) techniques, including a fugato in the fast section.

The slow movement features the flugelhorn, an instrument rarely used in classical compositions, but commonly found in jazz ensembles. Being a Nocturne, the movement aims to suggest a night atmosphere with a quiet and meditative character. Starting with a slow plaintive melody, the movement switches to a more upbeat section with a slight jazz influence, suggesting a little night time frivolity.

The finale is for the Bb trumpet and is named Divertissement, a piece designed for the entertainment of the audience and the players. The movement is in a straight forward sonata allegro form, but sounds more like a musical potpourri, going through a variety of virtuosic episodes for the trumpet, the horn section and the rest of the ensemble. Film music is an influence, here paying tribute to Hollywood action/adventure films.

Recording Notes:

The Time of My life was recorded at the historic Ocean Way Recording. Hannes Bieger, in Sound On Sound.com, writes: “It is hard to avoid superlatives when writing about this landmark studio located on Sunset Boulevard, in the heart of Hollywood. Ocean Way has been dubbed ‘the Abbey Road of the West Coast’, and more than a billion copies of records produced there have been sold worldwide.”

Originally named The United Western studios, it was constructed in 1952, and was the home of many major recording sessions in the 1960s and 1970s. The owner, Bill Putnam, was a pioneer in recording studio acoustics. He was involved in the early development of stereophonic recording and is acknowledged to be the first person to use artificial reverberation for commercial recordings. Allen Sides purchased the United property in 1988 and renamed it Ocean Way Recording. Some of the famous musicians who recorded in these studios include Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles, Neil Diamond, Chick Corea, Bette Midler, and Frank Zappa.

It was a treat to record in this wonderful studio with a group of exceptional musicians, including our trumpet soloist, Burnette Dillon and the preeminent conductor, Jorge Mester. The recording was engineered and edited by the masterful John Richards. To add to the pleasure of this experience, I had the opportunity to meet and talk with the famous Canadian American singer, songwriter and actor, Paul Anka, who was recording in another room at the studio.

When it came to mixing the recording, Burnette booked Capitol Studios, another famous Hollywood landmark studio. Capitol knew how to make the experience feel special, starting with a personalized parking space!

http://www.oceanwayrecording.com/about-history.php

https://www.soundonsound.com/music-business/ocean-way-los-angeles

https://www.capitolstudios.com/about-the-studio/

Tracks

1-3. Kim Scharnberg – Travelogue for Trumpet

4. Jim Self – Whimsies for Trumpet, Horn and Trombone

5. Georg Philipp Telemann – Fantasies for Flute No. 4

6-8. Carlo Tessarini – Sonata in D for Trumpet and Orchestra

9. Georg Philipp Telemann – Fantasies for Flute No. 2

10-12. Ronald Royer – Concerto for Trumpets and Orchestra

13. George Philipp Telemann – Fantasies for Flute No. 6

Audio Track Playlist
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Concerto for Trumpets and Orchestra: Ouverture, For Piccolo Trumpet
Concerto for Trumpets and Orchestra: Ouverture, For Piccolo Trumpet
05:46
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Nocturne, For Flugelhorn
Nocturne, For Flugelhorn
06:16
3
Divertissment, For Trumpet
Divertissment, For Trumpet
06:50

Premieres: Conrad Chow, Violin

Cambria Master Recordings, 2012

Conrad Chow-Violin, Sinfonia Toronto, Ronald Royer-Conductor & Bruce Broughton-Piano

“Royer gives us a great vehicle and Chow plays his music with great finesse. I definitely want to hear more from this composer.” 

FANFARE, Maria Nockin

Introduction by Conrad Chow

The focus of this CD centers on the concept of the Premiere: the first showing of, or introduction to, something new. To that effect, I’m honoured to present each of the works on this CD for the first time on a recording. While new, each piece is inspired by earlier musical styles: Bruce Broughton’s Triptych evokes elements of the Baroque, 20th-century Prokofiev, and Celtic fiddle music of Scotland; his Gold Rush Songs are based on traditional American folksongs. Ronald Royers’s Rhapsody was inspired by rhapsodies of the mid-19th to early 20th centuries; the inspiration of his In Memoriam J.S. Bach needs no explanations. Kevin Lau’s Joy is inspired by turn-of-the-century Romanticism, as well as film music. Finally, I chose to include a favourite of mine, Chopin’s Nocturne in C# Minor, as an encore.

Ronald Royer – Rhapsody for Violin and Chamber Orchestra (12:43)

The Rhapsody draws inspiration from a variety of European sources, including French Impressionism, German Expressionism, Hungarian folk music, and virtuosic Spanish violin music. Combining all these disparate styles of music, ranging from Ravel and Bartok to Sarasate, allowed me to create a new work based on a traditional and popular form. Composing took place in three comfortable locations, my home in Toronto, my in-laws’ home in the rural Ontario town of Cayuga and my parents’ home in Los Angeles. This also helped in giving me the right ambience and variety of influences for this enjoyable endeavor. The Rhapsody was commissioned by the Orchestras Mississauga (John Barnum, music director) with the assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Ronald Royer – In Memoriam J.S. Bach (Sarabande and Capriccio) for Violin Solo, Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, String Quartet and Harpsichord (5:58 & 5:51)

In Memoriam J.S. Bach (2011) is a new arrangement of two movements from the Partita for Violin and Chamber Orchestra, composed in 2000 to honor the 250th anniversary of the death of J.S. Bach in 1750. In Memoriam takes its inspiration from Bach’s compositional mastery, as well as his ability to compose expressive and virtuosic music.

My Sarabande is based on the first two bars of the Sarabande from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor. The second part of this movement is more emotional in character and is based on the Allemande from Bach’s keyboard Partita No. 4 in D major.  I had to do some juggling with the rhythm, since Bach’s Allemande contained four beats per bar. One beat from each bar had to be removed to fit the three-beat form of the Sarabande.  The original melody is heard again at the end of the movement, overlaid by a florid counter-melody by the solo violin.

Capriccio, an Italian word-meaning whim or fancy, was used by Bach as a title of two of his compositions for keyboard. I chose this title to describe a work which combines a more contemporary style with Bach’s compositional techniques, as well as highlighting the humour of these works.

The Capriccio is a playful variation of a Bach Gigue, transformed into a classical era Rondo (ABACABA) form. The original A theme in G minor is written to imitate a Bach Gigue, although the rhythm is irregular, switching between five, six, or seven beats per bar. The B section begins with a darker and smoother version of the A theme, before leading into a series of Bach-like sequences. The C section enters in the new key of E minor and is derived from the first four bars of the A melody, but appears in retrograde (i.e. played backwards). This incarnation of the A theme assumes a Latin American character, as found in the music of Alberto Ginastera. When the A section returns, it is in the form of a Bach Fugato, although the rhythm is still irregular. The returning B and A sections are in an ornamented form, another Bach technique. There follows a short cadenza for the solo violinist, which leads into the final coda section with its homage to Bach’s cadential endings.

Video Playlist
1/12 videos
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3 Incongruities, "Triptych": No. 1. Rhythmically precise, but not too fast
3 Incongruities, "Triptych": No. 1. Rhythmically precise, but not too fast
06:25
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3 Incongruities, "Triptych": No. 2. Slow, in a singing style
3 Incongruities, "Triptych": No. 2. Slow, in a singing style
10:03
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3 Incongruities, "Triptych": No. 3. Rhythmically, with a bounce
3 Incongruities, "Triptych": No. 3. Rhythmically, with a bounce
11:30
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Rhapsody: I. Adagio, misterioso
Rhapsody: I. Adagio, misterioso
05:38
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Rhapsody: II. Cadenza - Allegro agitato
Rhapsody: II. Cadenza - Allegro agitato
07:07
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Partita, "In Memory of J.S. Bach": Sarabande
Partita, "In Memory of J.S. Bach": Sarabande
05:56
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Partita, "In Memory of J.S. Bach": Capriccio
Partita, "In Memory of J.S. Bach": Capriccio
05:52
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Joy: Joy: Lento appassionato
Joy: Joy: Lento appassionato
07:37
9
Gold Rush Songs: Joe Bowers
Gold Rush Songs: Joe Bowers
04:07
10
Gold Rush Songs: Betsy from Pike
Gold Rush Songs: Betsy from Pike
03:14
11
Gold Rush Songs: Golden Slippers
Gold Rush Songs: Golden Slippers
01:31
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Nocturne No. 20 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. posth. (arr. N. Milstein)
Nocturne No. 20 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. posth. (arr. N. Milstein)
04:09

iPalpiti Orchestra

BCM+D Records
2012

iPalpiti Orchestral Ensemble of International Laureates, Eduard Schmieder-Conductor

Tibi Cziger-Clarinet, Yves Dharamraj-Cello, Julius Berger-Cello, Luiza Borac-Piano

CD 1

1-2. W.A. Mozart – Adagio and Fugue in C Minor, KV546

3-5. Frédéric Chopin – Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11, Luiza Borac, Piano

CD 2

  1. Ronald Royer – In Memoriam Fryderyk Chopin for Clarinet, Cello and String Orchestra, Tibi Cziger, Clarinet and Yves Dharamraj, Cello
  2. Robert Schumann – Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op. 129, Julius Berger, Cello

3-6. Benjamin Britten – Simple Symphony

  1. Leroy Anderson – Plink, Plank, Plunk!

In Memoriam Fryderyk Chopin is based upon and inspired by the Nocturne in E Minor, Op. 72, No. 1 for piano.  In Memoriam serves as a reflection on the life, work and death of Chopin at the age of thirty-nine.  After a short introduction, a meditative section features violin trills and a cadenza for clarinet followed by one for cello.  A more rhythmic and energetic section follows, which is meant to suggest his struggles in life and creativity.  After a climactic section for the string orchestra, a more peaceful section shines through representing the beauty, joy and genius of Chopin’s legacy.

A Selection of iPalpiti Orchestra Quotes

“(iPALPITI) performance can be called righteously overwhelming…–Noord Holland Dagblad

“…an astounding demonstration of seamless and beauteous string playing…memorable, luminous, deeply moving performance…”—Daniel Cariaga, Los Angeles Times (2002)

“…a fitting name for the vibrant string orchestra…lustrous, polished tone and graceful phrasing.”—New York Times (2007)

“…rich sonorities (of iPalpiti) audibly took the audience’s breath away…”—STRINGS Magazine (2005)

“…(under Mr. Schmieder’s direction) iPalpiti sprang to life as a single, singing voice. It was the natural, “vocal” quality that stayed with me long after the final notes of the concert were sounded…”—John Ardoin, Music Critic, Dallas Morning News (1992)

“…Lead by conductor Eduard Schmieder with passion, intelligence, refinement and imagination, iPalpiti demonstrated an almost uncanny unanimity of sound and vibrato…It was especially remarkable to hear such a wide variety of individual tones emerge and then slip back into those fabulous unisons…”—The Strad (June 2009), review of the Carnegie Zankel Hall concert, New York.

Hark: A Christmas Celebration for Trumpet and Organ

Independent
2010

HornPipes! Duo, Pamela Smitter-Baker-Trumpet & Michael Bloss-Organ

Tracks:

  1. Of the Father’s Love Begotten, Plainchant: Divinium Mysterium, .46
  2. Washet auf! Ruft uns die Stimme (verse 1), Johann Ludwig Krebs (1713-1780), 2:26
  3. Chorale: “Nun seid ihr wohl gerochen” (Christmas Oratorio BWV 248), Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), 2:29
  4. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion (Messiah HWV 50), George Frederic Handel (1685-1759), 4:52
  5. Wachet auf! Ruft uns die Stimme (verse 2) Johann Ludwig Krebs (1713-1780), 4:04
  6. If With all your Hearts (Elijah) Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847), 2:48
  7. Organ Toccata on “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” (An Advent Christmas Suite), Alfred V. Fedak (b. 1953), 2:06
  8. Gloria in Excelsis Deo (Angels We Have Heard on High) arr. Jean Thilde, 1:45
  9. Ave Maria Op. 52 No. 6 Franz Schubert (1797-1828), 2:13
  10. Wachet auf! Ruft uns die Stimme (verse 3), Johann Ludwig Krebs, (1713-1780), 3:47
  11. The Adoration of the Shepherds – A Meditation for Trumpet and Organ, Ronald Royer (b.1959) World Premiere Recording, 8:16
  12. Ave Maria, Guilio Caccini (1551-1618) arr. Nicholas Palmer, ASCAP, 4:33
  13. A Rondo for Christmas, Naji Hakim (b.1955), 4:53
  14. Dieu Parmi Nous (La Nativite), Olivier Messiaen, (1908-1992), 7:36

Ronald Royer – The Adoration of the Shepherds, A Meditation for Trumpet and Organ (8:16)

The Adoration is based on two verses (Luke 2:9-10) from the King James version of the Bible. The composition is divided into three continuous parts, based upon three selections of text.

  1. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them,
  2. And they were sore afraid.
  3. And the Angel said unto them, Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tiding of great joy, which shall be to all people.

In Part One of the composition, the music is slow and unmetered, creating an atmosphere of mystery and suspense as the Shepherds realize something unusual is about to happen.

In Part Two, the tempo of the music accelerates and builds in intensity, all the while creating a mood of increasing apprehension. This second section features a dramatic trumpet melody and a fugato section for both the trumpet and organ.

Part Three begins with a chorale-like idea introduced by the organ. The feat and suspense pass, resolving into joy.

The Adoration of the Shelpherds was written in the fall of 1998 and is dedicated to Erik Schultz and Jan Overduin. The premiere performances took place in Germany in December 1998.

The Hollywood Flute of Louise DiTullio

Cambria Master Recordings
2009

Louise DiTullio-Flutes
Sinfonia Toronto, Ronald Royer-Conductor

This CD was recently evaluated by me and I believe it is one of the best soloist performances of film music in recent years. Louise DiTullio’s flute playing is flawless and the choice of film music is outstanding, especially the suite from HOOK, arranged by Mark Watters. Also, the selections arranged by Ronald Royer make for very enjoyable listening. Because of its excellence I am designating this CD as Editor’s Choice, Best of the Month. It fully deserves any accolades it might receive.

Roger Hall, Film Music Review, November 2010

This recording fulfills my own personal goals to revisit and record some of the solos I have played in films over my long career as well as concert music written for me by celebrated film composers. I have had long-standing professional relationships with all of the composers on this disc over several decades, having played on more than 1,200 movies, many of them scored by these composers. Le Papillon was written for me by David Rose in 1980 and I played its premiere in the same year. It has been my wish ever since to help secure a place for it in the flute repertoire with a recording.

Born in Los Angeles, the progeny of two wonderful, highly respected musical families,  I grew up as a musician with the support, encouragement and advice of my father, several uncles and cousins, all busy, working professionals.  My father, cellist, Joseph DiTullio, my sister, pianist Virginia DiTullio Royer, and I performed for many years as the DiTullio Trio. Living in Los Angeles, I have had the opportunity to pursue simultaneous careers in recording as well as all facets of classical music.

Words can never express my gratitude to John Williams, John Barry, Danny Elfman, Laurence Rosenthal, and posthumously, Jerry Goldsmith and David Rose, for the honor of playing in their orchestras for literally decades. Their music has filled me with joy and provides an outlet for music-making of an entirely different kind.  Although I love playing classical music, playing movie music of the quality that they produce completes a musical circle for me that I value beyond measure.  I thank them for allowing me to adapt and include their music in this presentation.  Thank you to David Rose Publishing for commissioning the reduced orchestration of Le Papillon to make this recording possible, and for permission to make this first recording of the work.  Thanks also to Larry Rosenthal for his permission to make the first recording of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.  Special thanks to composer Mark Watters for his remarkable adaptation and orchestration of the music to Hook.  And finally, special recognition and thanks to my nephew, Ronald Royer, for composing Short Stories for this CD, arranging the movie music and Le Papillon, conducting the recording sessions, and taking care of a myriad of details as the project’s co-producer. It is largely due to his efforts that this CD was conceived and became a reality.

Finally, now that it is complete, there is the realization and satisfaction that there is more than an hours’ worth of new repertoire for the flute.  It is at once beautiful, challenging, fun, and musically rewarding.  I take great satisfaction in sharing this music as a legacy to future flutists.  May they enjoy playing it as much as I.

Louise Di Tullio, August, 2009

Short Stories for Flutes, Harp, Percussion & String Orchestra

Siren’s Song, for Alto Flute (4:07)

Rather Blue, for Bass Flute (3:23)

The Chase, for Flute (2:55)

Child’s Play, for Piccolo (3:24)

Commissioned by Louise DiTullio for The Hollywood Flute CD Recording and Concerts, Short Stories was composed to showcase the varied tone colors and techniques of the alto flute, bass flute, flute and piccolo. During her career as a free-lance musician in the studios of Los Angeles, Louise has regularly been asked to play these four unique instruments. As well, Short Stories was designed to connect with the style and programmatic content of the film music theme of The Hollywood Flute project.

Siren’s Song for alto flute was inspired by the many great scores for Film Noir movies. The composer felt the hauntingly beautiful sound of the alto flute was a perfect fit for the classic femme fatale character of this genre.

Rather Blue for bass flute was inspired by blues and jazz; two musical idioms commonly found in film music. While the bass flute can be found in jazzy scores by composers like Henry Mancini, it is unusual to find the instrument playing quite so many notes as found in this challenging piece.

While the solo flute is usually not the featured instrument heard during dramatic chase scenes, The Chase was composed to demonstrate that the flute can play with the flair and virtuosity needed to create the tension required for effective ‘chase’ music. Imagine a scene featuring a chase on foot through the narrow streets of a crowded city.

Child’s Play for piccolo was inspired by the qualities of magical imagination and youthful enthusiasm commonly found in music associated with children in film. Louise specifically requested that the movement for piccolo feature the less commonly used melodic aspect of the piccolo as well as the typical virtuosic side of the instrument.

It was a true pleasure to be able to create this recording with my aunt, Louise DiTullio. I grew up hearing Louise, my pianist mother Virginia DiTullio Royer, and my cellist grandfather, Joseph DiTullio rehearsing and performing. These and other family members inspired me to become a musician. It was wonderful to be able to work with Louise, first as a cellist and later as a composer and conductor. This recording is a special part of that collaboration.

It was my honor and pleasure to be able to arrange and conduct the music of a group of great film composers. Finally, I appreciated co-producing this recording with my friend, Dr. Jeannie Pool, another person I have great respect for.

Ronald Royer

Audio Tracks on YouTube:

Gooby

“5 DOVES. Highest Rating. This is truly a movie for the entire family.” – The Dove Foundation

Genre: Action and Adventure, Family

 Cast: Matthew Knight, Robbie Coltrane, Eugene Levy, David James Elliott, Ingrid – Kavelaars

Writer, Director, Producer: Wilson Coneybeare

Composers: Ronald Royer and Kevin Lau (Orchestrated by Chris Meyer)

 

Imagine if you had a six-foot tall “monster” to help you through the rough times when you were a kid! Willy (Matthew Knight) is terrified about moving into the family’s new house. He’s convinced it’s filled with evil space aliens out to get him. In response to his longing for someone to save him, Gooby (voiced by Robbie Coltrane, Harry Potter’s Hagrid) comes to life as a big, lovable, scruffy creature who quite possibly may be more frightened of the world than Willy. The two new pals embark on hair-raising adventures and learn about courage and the power of friendship all the while with Eugene Levy (Night at the Museum) on their trail. In the end, Gooby fulfills Willy’s wish by bringing Willy and his dad (David James Elliott, “JAG”) together in a heart-warming and exciting climax.

Gooby premiered at the Cannes International Film Festival, was a finalist at the International Family Film Festival, Los Angeles, showed at the Platinum Remi Worldfest, Houston, International Film Festival, and was an Official Selection, Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children.

http://www.montereymedia.com/theatrical/films/gooby.html