music


Highlights (for newcomers)

Journeys for piano and string orchestra

The 1812 Overture on the piano

Jeremiah Robs a Bank (2013), film by Michael Rose

ICYMI

2017 saw the premiere of my second film score: Toymaker, an animated short created by a team of Brown University students led by Nellie Robinson and Prof. Barbara Meier.

Toymaker went on to win the music award in the student film category at the Athens Animfest 2018.

You can read about the production in the Brown Computer Science Department's journal Conduit.

Transcriptions

Symphony no. 9 (fourth movement), Ludwig van Beethoven

The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Paul Dukas

Coronation Mass (Kyrie, Gloria), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Les Préludes, Franz Liszt

New World Symphony, Antonín Dvořák

1812 Overture, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Beethoven-Liszt-Nacar: Symphony no. 9, movement IV

When writing his transcriptions of Beethoven's symphonies, Liszt was highly doubtful whether the choral finale of the Ninth could ever be effectively rendered on the piano, and his publisher had to goad him into finishing it at all. The task of translating the majesty and power of the "Ode to Joy" movement into pianistic terms is not, I think, an intractable problem. However, the arrangement of the Finale of the Ninth that Liszt eventually produced has always seemed to me less convincing than the other movements of the Ninth (or the other eight Beethoven symphonies), which led me to undertake the revision presented here. Many passages I have kept unaltered, to others I have added extra notes, and some I have rewritten entirely, which I rather think is in keeping with Liszt's own take-other-composers'-material-and-run-with-it approach.

This recording was made at Brown's Cogut Institute for the Humanities, following three performances of this movement on December 10th, 2018 (at the Cogut Institute) and December 15th and 16th, 2018 (at the RISD Museum), the last performance falling on Beethoven's 248th birthday. Preceding it on the program were Mozart's Sonata in C major, K. 330, and the Schubert-Liszt Valse-Caprice no. 7 from Soirees de Vienne.

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Dukas-Nacar: The Sorcerer's Apprentice

On October 31st, 2016 I gave a Halloween concert at Brown's Cogut Center for the Humanities. The preceeding day I also gave a semi-Halloween-themed Children's Concert at the Providence Public Library. Both events featured my arrangement of Paul Dukas' tone poem The Sorcerer's Apprentice. This is the live recording from the Cogut performance.

Introductory remarks here

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Mozart-Nacar: Coronation Mass
(Kyrie, Gloria)

In December 2014 I presented a Christmastime program at the RISD Museum and at Brown's Cogut Center for the Humanities, which opened with my transcription of the first two movements of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Coronation Mass. This is a live recording from the last performance at RISD.

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Liszt-Nacar: Les Préludes

In November 2014 I gave a few concerts at the RISD Museum and at Brown's Cogut Center for the Humanities, The program featured Bach's Partita no. 6, Chopin's Ballades nos. 3 and 4, and my transcription of Liszt's Les Préludes. In between performances I made this "studio" recording of the Liszt at the Cogut Center.

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Dvořák-Nacar: Symphony no. 9 in E minor, op. 95, "From the New World"

In June/July 2014 I performed my own transcription of Antonín Dvořák's New World Symphony at the RISD Museum and at Brown's Cogut Center for the Humanities; also on the program was Vladimir Horowitz's transcription of John Philip Sousa's "The Stars and Stripes Forever". Following those concerts I made a "studio" recording of the Dvořák at the Cogut Center.

Playlist with all four movements

I. Adagio; Allegro molto

II. Largo

III. Scherzo: Molto vivace

IV. Allegro con fuoco

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Tchaikovsky-Nacar: 1812 Overture

In July 2013 I gave a few concerts at the RISD Museum and at Brown's Cogut Center for the Humanities, featuring Liszt's transcription of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony (all movements) and my own transcription of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. Following those concerts I made a "studio" recording of the Tchaikovsky, as well as the first movement of the Beethoven (see Other Videos), at the Cogut Center. As of two years later this has turned out to be my most popular video ever.

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