Category Archives for "Music"

May 22

Linking Slow and Fast Compositions in Indian Classical Music

By Lars Rosager | Music

While the general framework Alaap-Jor-Jhala guides most styles of Indian Classical Music, and other typical formal devices shape these three sections as well as shaping the development of fixed compositions, the Indian tradition is quite spacious in terms of room for personalization and innovation. This music thrives on spontaneity, but also enjoys the effects of close attention to detail and careful planning.

Here I present some original thinking on how one might move from a slow (vilambit) gat composition into a fast (drut) gat. The crux of the matter is preserving sam, the equivalent of the down beat in Western music. I have exemplified the idea with two compositions in Raga Yaman, and compared the treatment to a rendition of Raga Brindavani Sarang and one of Raga Sindhu Bhairavi. I have explored the concept in Ragas other than Yaman, and would be happy to share my findings.

Mar 06

Sample from Upcoming Release

By Lars Rosager | Music

Greetings! This video contains another sample of my current project, a composition for voice guitar dealing with the intertwining of color, season, and human sentiment. The music will be released with an accompanying essay treating some points on the moral philosophy of music education. Text—both set to music and in essay form—and guitar are inspired by some conclusions I have drawn with regard to universalist philosophy and scientifically reasoned spirituality, which are summarized briefly with the following:

    1. Human understands they exist within the scientific laws of the natural world.
    2. Ironically, what sets human apart from animal is the ability to partially defy mortality (i.e., nature), particularly through the quasi-eternity afforded by written language. Also, love and compassion are ways in which human might shun more immediate, “animal” concerns; in sum, human can envision a sort of liberation from science and natural survival, a contrast to item 1.
    3. These two propositions must be examined through scenarios involving a) the individual, b) the two-human dynamic, and c) the collective.

From these points, the essay expounds on how to most responsibly approach music education for various age groups. The musical composition is based on the idea of modulation through the full scope of the circle of fifths. Thank you.

Nov 14

Indian Music at Renew Yoga December 4, 2019

By Lars Rosager | Music

On Wednesday December 4, 2019 at 5:30 pm, I will be offering a solo-guitar performance of Raga Yaman as an accompaniment to the regularly scheduled yoga class at Renew Yoga in Petaluma, CA, USA. Admission to the class is $16, which can be paid on arrival at the door.Please enjoy the videos on the left and below! Thank you.

Oct 06

New Audio: Upcoming Hip-Hop Track

By Lars Rosager | Music

Picture Textual Chordophonics
October 6, 2019

As part of an ongoing collaboration with Alex Shapiro-Romano, this brief sample provides a bit of a taste of what is to come in three new original tracks. All the guitar work is from Lars Rosager—some vocals may find their way onto the recordings as well!—and Alex Shapiro-Romano has composed the percussion parts, as well as putting everything together on production software. I would love to hear your response to these stylings, and please stay tuned for the complete tracks in the near future. Thanks!


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Feb 15

Paper on the Music of J.S. Bach

By Lars Rosager | Music

Picture Textual Chordophonics
February 15, 2019

Good evening. I would like to share a quick link to a paper I wrote on tuning in the context of J.S. Bach’s music for the lute. Many thanks to Nacho Bellido for including this work on his website, bibliotecadelaguitarra.com. The direct link to my paper is here. Thanks!!!

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Dec 28

Looking to Take On Students

By Lars Rosager | Music

Picture Textual Chordophonics
December 28, 2018

Hi, everyone. Thanks so much for your continued support. I would like to mention here that I am currently available to take on music students. It would be a pleasure to meet for a free trial lesson to see if my teaching style and content suits your needs. Thanks again!

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Oct 20

Lecture on the Music of Southern Brazil

By Lars Rosager | Music

Picture Lecture (in English)
offered through
Marin Spanish School

 

THE MUSIC OF SOUTHERN BRAZIL
An Exposition in Music Appreciation and History

Samba and Bossa Nova are well-known genres of Brazilian music. Less commonly referenced are the stylings from the borderlands of southern Brazil, where the Spanish-speaking traditions of Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay play a central role in shaping local culture.

Join Lars Rosager, MA, for a multimedia journey through the history of and contemporary happenings in this sonically and sociologically fascinating musical world. This talk is fully accessible for non-musicians, as well as being a great resource for performers looking to expand their horizons.

Saturday November 17
10:30 am–1:00 pm
Marin Spanish School, Petaluma location
245 Kentucky St, Suite B-1

Admission: $40.00

Click here to REGISTER.

Aug 31

Suggested Listening

By Lars Rosager | Music

Picture Textual Chordophonics
August 31, 2017

I would like to share a track that caught my ear today: “Wait Up” by Q-Tip, from the album Amplified. Additionally, I will say that all of the music I share and participate in comes from my positivity and heartfelt hope for a fulfilling life for all humankind. God Bless.

Lars Rosager

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Nov 14

Experimenting with Raag Mayamalavagowla

By Lars Rosager | Music

PictureAs it is written in the August 1, 1896 Musical Times and Singing Class Circular, Raag Mayamalavagowla “is the most favored mode, the first taught” (520) in South Indian Classical Music. A.M. Chinnaswami Mudaliyar, M.A. notes that Indians in general are very fond of the melodic formulas contained in this raag (see Oriental Music in European Notation).

In this post, I propose the viability of studying some harmonic components of Indian classical music. Among many possibilities is the rhythmic emphasis of intervals against the drone. One needs to look at the affective character of each raag vis-à-vis the limitations to which the melody is subjected. Also, Pa-high Sa-low Sa, Ma-high Sa-low Sa, and Ni-high Sa-low Sa drones should be examined. Additionally, I have heard Buddhist chant in Sri Lankan that makes use of parallel perfect fifths. The matter of harmony in Indian music is certainly deserving of investigation. I invite any comments!

Below, find two brief compositions in Raag Mayamalavagowla. The following recording is unique in that the drone changes, in this case from Sa=E to Sa=A. Altering the drone would be a less traditional, yet, in my opinion, viable way to utilize harmony in what has long been called a purely melodic school. The addition of lyrics, which I plan to work out eventually, will add to the shift of affective state achieved by changing the drone.


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Lars Rosager plays Casa Montalvo Guitars and Thomastik-Infeld Strings.

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