A Soldier's Prayer was composed in 2004 as an assignment for my studies as music composition major at West Valley Community College in Saratoga, California. It's first performance was given by fellow music major and vocalist, Briana Donahue, as I accompanied her on Piano in the recital hall of the College's music building on December 17th, 2004. Since the piece's first performance, I developed it a bit further and gave it its first performance in it's newly developed form on June 5th, 2008. For that performance, the voice of Gabriella Zurzolo joined forces with my accompaniment on Piano, all in the great hall of the Ruppersdorf Wasserschloss in Ruppersdorf/ Herrnhut, Germany.
Performance Time: 6min.
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Born in 1985 and raised in San Jose, California, I grew up with a very musical background. I imitated simple tunes by ear on the piano as a child that my father would play and I eventually began to formally learn how to read and play music at the age of 10 by learning the trombone. At 15, as a Sophomore in High School, I then picked up the guitar. The idea of composing music had always intrigued me. However, after being exposed to some jazz arrangements and a composition by a high school marching band friend and fellow trombonist, the wheels began to turn in my life that eventually brought me to the decision that I wanted to spend the rest of my life composing music. The idea that something never heard or even imagined before could come out of someone's mind and be written down for others to read, play and hear had fascinated and inspired me to go for it myself. My music is largely inspired by my faith in God and should tell you about Him and what He has done in my life through the salvation His Son, Jesus Christ, brought to you and me.
I like this quote:
"Life, wherever it reveals itself; truth, no matter how bitter; bold, sincere speech with people -- these are my leaven, these are what I want, this is where I am afraid of missing the mark." - Mussorgsky in a letter to Vladimir Stasov
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