We're recording an album of our new arrangements of Romantic era music. Most of it has never before been played on guitar and violin.
UPDATE, Jan 7 2012.
Wow! Thanks to so many wonderful supporters, we surpassed our initial goal in under 48 hours!!! Thank you!
If you like what you hear, please make a pledge. With an extra $750 we'll be able to add more studio time to record and produce some bonus tracks (which we'll share with our Kickstarter backers). And if we raise an additional $2000, that will help us cover expenses for a West Coast CD-release tour that we'd love to do this summer...
We are the Lyrical Strings Duo, a Portland-based violin and classical guitar duo.
We're recording an album featuring our original arrangements of Romantic era pieces that have never before been played on violin and guitar. We've put a down-payment on some recording dates, but need your help to cover the costs of mixing, mastering, album design and disc replication.
Take a look at our video above and check out the info below... if you like what you hear, please make a pledge to show your support, advance order your signed copy, and help make the album a reality!
Stephen and Lucia
While the traditional guitar and violin repertoire is wonderful, it's also relatively limited. So we started arranging our own music, both to give ourselves more to perform, and to expand the repertoire for others as well. Our early arrangements (which ended up taking us on the path to this album) were of Romantic-era piano works. Many of these pieces were later set for violin and piano by several 20th century violinists. To our surprise they had never been arranged for guitar and violin. In our new arrangements of these classic works, violin plays the soaring and dramatic melody lines, while the flowing harmonies and rhythms fit naturally on the guitar beneath.
The arrangements include a set of Mendelssohn's Songs without Words, a Chopin Nocturne, a Faure Prelude, as well as later works by Fritz Kreisler and Manuel Ponce. We hope that our arrangements add to the violin-guitar repertoire, and that this instrumentation brings a new intimacy and flair to the music.
Lucia Conrad has appeared in both the United States and Europe as a soloist and chamber musician. Now based in Portland, she is the Concertmaster of the Willamette Falls Symphony, and first violinist in many other regional orchestras and chamber groups.
Stephen Osserman is a conservatory-trained guitarist who specializes in
chamber music. He has been arranging music for classical guitar and for
small ensembles for over a decade, and has recently focused on arranging romantic era works for guitar and violin.
First playing together as part of the Classical Revolution PDX, Lucia and Stephen formed the Lyrical Strings Duo two years ago. They have performed around Portland at festivals, concerts, and private events.
Thanks to Gary Stallsworth and others for use of their photos and Vera Zales for use of her painting in our video.
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