A composer’s tenacity
By Michael Moriarty
I’m presently working on my 6th Symphony, my Piano Concerto No. 1 and my second opera, Bertolt Brecht in Chicago.
I am wonderfully, miraculously busy!
What is the “miracle” about it? That all this productivity comes to me so reliably.
Yes, of course, I take a day off now and then but, overall, my momentum is, as I say, miraculous.
Why? Clear evidence that I was born to be a composer.
Much more “destined” for symphonies and operas than I ever was for the stage and screen.
How can I, after fifty years in the theatre, film and television, really say that? The decades-long certainty within my unrelentingly growing body of work!
The first, serious musical creation I’m still proud of was, is and always shall be a love song entitled My Little Bird, available here.
I was a Freshman at Dartmouth College.
18 years old and, yes, it’s a creation that, I am certain, as my unrelenting productivity pours out?!
It will achieve an increasingly important corner of the legendary American Songbook, World Chamber, Symphonic and Operatic Library.
Why so smugly confident, Michael? The persistently distinctive and increasingly abundant quantity of symphonic creations and, indeed, the operas which I am now working on.
A planned-on 7 operas, all portions of my Lionhead Ring (the first of which awaits its own computer site), 10 symphonies (five of which are available in the Internet on 77gelsomina, 4 string quartets (2 of which already exist) and numerous chamber creations.
Roughly one hundred of which include many more love songs.
They all can be found here.
The overture to my first opera, Wagner in Hell, is available here.
Whatever reservations you might have about it will, in the next 10 years, be erased by the completion of my coming 7 operas.
All, including this overture, will demand second, third and fourth re-examinations!
How can I be so certain?!
However, the contemptuous ease with which the world has wanted to dismiss my music?!
The Concert Overture, intended to be only performed during purely symphonic evenings; and not as the Prelude to the opera itself?!
After dozens of hearings, I find my Concert Overture to be not only fascinating but, for what it has been intended: a solid introduction to the music of Wagner in Hell?
I’m certain that not only my Concert Overture but all of my music will be, eventually, unrelentingly victorious!
Michael Moriarty is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor who starred in the landmark television series Law and Order from 1990 to 1994. His recent film and TV credits include The Yellow Wallpaper, 12 Hours to Live, Santa Baby and Deadly Skies. Contact Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org. He can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/@MGMoriarty.