from the dorf to the hood

A concert of compositions by William Roper

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USC’s  Max Kade Institute for Austrian-German-Swiss Studies in  cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles and the German-American Cultural Society present a concert of compositions by Los Angeles based composer William Roper, featuring Christina Linhardt-soprano, Carolyn Sykes-harp, Luis Albert Clifford Childers-euphonium, Steve Durnin-Wagner tuba, William Roper (that’s me)-contrabass helicon, contrabass tuba and cimbasso.

The concert will be a program of solos and duos inspired by my stay at the Oberpfälzer Kuntslerhaus in Schwandorf, Bavaria. Three works will be premiered: Procyon lotor-Überall hänge ich meinen Hut ist Haus (Procyon lotor-Wherever I hang my hat is home), for solo euphonium; Die Götter verlassen Valhalla-Mein Gott, alle jene Köpfe! (The Gods leave Valhalla-My god, all those heads!), for Wagner tuba and contrabass tuba duo; and Der Schwanherzog (The Swan Duke), for soprano and harp.

This program is presented in association with the L.A. Opera’s Ring Festival Los Angeles–the first significant city-wide festival since the 1984 Olympic Arts Festival. Die Götter verlassen Valhalla mein Gott, alle jene Köpfe! was composed at the request of Dr. Cornelius Schnauber, director of the USC Max Kade Institute especially for this concert. Specifically, the request was for a piece for the Wagner tuba that incorporated musical themes from Wagner’s Ring. The Wagner tuba was developed for the Ring cycle. Likewise, the contrabass tuba owes its introduction into the orchestra to Wagner and his monumental drama. The Wagner tuba is heard on its own even less often than the contrabass tuba, so I figured, why buck tradition–put the two together. The musical quotes are from Das Rheingold and Die Walküre.

I have decide to use the helicon on the duet for soprano and tuba–Cloud Hidden Whereabouts Unknown, ver. 2, because of the curious story of Paul Haugan about a helicon being used in one for the earliest performances of music from the Ring.

The bare facts:
Date: April 22, 2010
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Goethe-Institut Los Angeles, 5750 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Tickets: $10.00. $5.00 for Friends of the Goethe
Parking: free in building garage with validation
RSVP @ 323-525-3388
E-mail: Roper
Click here for L.A. Times article on the festival.

Click here to view photos from this concert.

Click here to an improvised solo performance by Roper.


William Roper is a Miraphone artist and plays Warburton mouthpieces.