Clips to Hear – Composer – Classical Contemporary

String Quartet No.1

Live recording by musicians of the League-ISCM NYC (International Society of Contemporary Musicians).  New York, NY (USA)

I. Moderato

II. Andante espressivo

III. Allegro

 

 

copyright 2009 Sinco

Villagers Have Warned Me

Raya’s recitative and aria from the world premiere performance of the opera Raya and Sag-In (June 2009; New York, NY; USA).  Commissioned and premiere performances produced by Golden Fleece Ltd.  Live performance recording with:  Victoria Wefer, soprano; Heather Kop, clarinet; Giulia Abdikadirova, violin; Carmela Sinco, piano; Thomas Carlo Bo, conductor.

Recitative:  Villagers have warned me of evils in this forest. I have often felt them prowling, menacing, threatening. But always in the middle of the fear a kindly presence emerges like a spirit good and giving yet strong, driving the evil away. I feel this presence now like I’ve often felt before. It draws me to this forest again and again making the fear wworthwhile —

Aria: — for it is warm like a candle’s flame and sweet like a lover’s care, resilient as the earth beneath my feet, yet fragile as the human heart. But it remains a thing I can’t explain, and nothing else I’ve felt before. There are times when I fear that it is only in my mind, a symbol for what I long… I long for someone gentle yet firm against my will, with self-assured power yet open to my strengths, for someone loving and unafraid to let it show. I long for someone with whom I can share the beauty of the earth from day to day!  But no such person lives.  All I have is a feeling I wish were someone I could meet.  So I return to the forest often braving creatures if only to dwell in the imagination that such a someone lives!   (Music and libretto copyright 2009 Carmela Sinco)

 

 

Away with You, Away!

Sag-In’s recitative and aria from the world premiere performance of the opera Raya and Sag-In (June 2009; New York, NY; USA).  Commissioned and premiere performances produced by Golden Fleece Ltd.  Live performance recording with:  Gregory McDonald, tenor; Heather Kop, clarinet; Giulia Abdikadirova, violin; Carmela Sinco, piano; Thomas Carlo Bo, conductor.

Recitative:  Away with you, away!  Why do you taunt her?  Why do you tease her?  Why do you wish to harm her so?  Away with all of you or I will crush you to pieces! … I have dreamed in my lifetime of becoming the Chosen One so that I may be a leader in the realm working with the leaders and Bathala.  And now that it’s being decided, it is here on Earth that I must wait.  Waiting feels like forever, except when I see Raya… Raya!

Aria: — She is the meaning for my time on earth.  She makes sense of my wait.  When I see her from a distance or linger close as I can, time stops and my ambitions lose all meaning.  But she neither sees nor hears me, doesn’t know I exist!  We will never be together for the torment of the law: “Spirits and humans may not affiliate in anyway.”  But if I were the Chosen One, I would fight to change the law and transform myself into human if only for a chance of her knowing me and having me as I would have her! … If I were the Chosen One in human form, I would have eyes she could look into and a voice she can hear so she can trust my words when I told her how I felt.  With fingers I’d caress her skin and play with her hair … gently, tenderly…  With arms I could hold her close, her body strong against mine.  With eyes I would wonder at the beauty of her soul!  With skin I would feel her breath as she spoke with her face close to mine.  Why won’t they tell me if I’m to be the Chosen One?!  What I would do with such power!  And yet if the Elders and Bathala knew how I felt, I would never be appointed! …    (Music and libretto copyright 2009 Carmela Sinco)

 

Two-Part Invention No. 1

for Solo Piano

 

 

 

Green Piano

Crossroads

for Bass Trombone and Piano

Commissioned by Michael Becker, principal trombone, Tucson Symphony Orchestra

Live recording by Michael Becker, Bass Trombone and Marie Sierra, Piano; Tucson, Arizona (USA); 2003 (world premiere)

 

 

 

 

Characters

for Bass Trombone and Piano

Commissioned by Michael Becker, principal trombone, Tucson Symphony Orchestra

Live recording by Michael Becker, Bass Trombone and Marie Sierra, Piano; Tucson, Arizona (USA); 2006 (world premiere)

III. Vamping on Love (aka The Happy Medium)

For samplings of Characters movements I. Love at First Frenzy (aka Tension and Release) and II. Lament (aka A Cruel Kind of Love), please go to Songs and Dances on CDBaby

 

 

 

© Sinco

Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra, Mvt. I

Written for Anthony Kniffen, tuba player for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.  Midi recording.