Theater Music

by Edgar David Grana

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Theater music is a venue that has been with me from the beginning. There is something about the stage that no other medium can parallel. What is heard and seen is all real time the beginnings of ritual had its birth in theatrical performance, for that it is dear to me.
Breath is a marvelous rendering of an off Broadway show written for oboe, accordion, harp and strings. The opening melody is per chance the most heartfelt I have written in a long time. There is something about the stage that draws the melodic out of me. The music is a whimsical setting for Thomas O’Leary’s play “Breath” at the Goodview Theater.
Middle passage is bombast that pushed the action more than describing it. While the Sea at Dolphin was an experiment for the Juilliard Theater department done on the cuff by a bunch of us students. Al Alarr, who is now a director in Hollywood and the actor Ving Rhames and others, did a setting of Derek Walcott’s one act the Sea at Dolphin. Again it became an opportunity for me to work on the place of music inside the narrative. I am possessed by music being another character equal to the motion on stage.
The two ‘works in progress’ started out as settings for a Steinbeck novel re-worked for stage. I and my manager Nick Puglisi scraped that idea and we are now in process of locating another more apt writer that I can work with.

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released August 15, 2010

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Edgar David Grana Brooklyn, New York

Lyric Drama Tashi Tibet-Composer/Collaborator with book writer Pam Brunsvold Rummel China's invasion of Tibet. Ballet from the Beginning-Composer based on a story by Pam Rummel. Mr. Grana is recorded on ‘NEWPORT CLASSIC RECORDS’ with Kurt Vonnegut & jazz Saxophonist Michael Brecker, went double platinum with Kip Winger on Winger album. ... more

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