"Casta Diva" from Norma by Vincenzo Bellini.
My father loved Italian Opera and I heard it constantly and was possibly the one who appreciated it the most. I once said to my piano teacher Michael Cole, Perth's best piano teacher, whom I had for one year "I don't know if I am any good at this". Michael replied "The music is within you and it needs to come out." I finally applied myself to writing Lieder 3 years ago with Kennst du Das Land. I still feel that it is too good for a first Lied, and Lieder composition is finally becoming a natural part of my life. Regarding Casta Diva, isn't this in supreme good taste? This is what I was fortunate enough to listen to constantly as a child, so what went in now has to come out. Fortunately I am like Franz Schubert; I can, and I will teach myself everything. This was likely my dad's favourite piece, although he told me 5 days before he died that Franz schubert was his favourite composer. As you can see from Kyrie, dad was almost certainly Franz Schubert's first love and a singer, so we have been on this path for aeons. Ah yes, I almost forgot. This Kyrie was my first ever vocal work, written under terrible stress after work over 5 days before dad's funeral. It was within me and had to come out. It is not unheard of for people to discover a talent upon the death of a parent. Domenico Scarlatti rose to prominence after the death of Alessandro Scarlatti. We can see the trend of ambition and modernization throughout the course of Western Music. Personally I think something is lost on the way, and I like Alessandro better. I try to resist this trend myself. I think that others like Donizetti, Bellini and Schubert thought the same. Meanwhile everyone was crazy about Rossini. People like noise and excitement. Meanwhile Schubert fared much, much better with the passing of time...depth.
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