LeGrand, Ryan Merrill (  )
Compositor Estadounidense, nacido en San Fernando (california), vive en Salem (Oregon)
As a kid growing up Arleta, a working-class suburb in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley, Ryan found his true passion in life during his elementary school years. At age six, he got his first keyboard, and began to read music. With a piano lesson at school once a week, he couldn’t get enough. While most parents had to coerce their kids to practice, Ryan’s parents, a preschool director and a private investigator, had to ban him from the piano bench before school so he’d get to class on time. By the time he was eight, he was in love with vocal performance too. He quickly rose through the ranks at Hillcrest Christian School in vocals and piano performance, going on to win ACSI blue ribbons for piano, and becoming a featured soloist in choir. Under the guidance of Galen Clark, Hillcrest Christian School’s choir dominated chorale competitions in Southern California during that era, consistently winning top awards on a yearly basis. Well established as a piano and vocal performer, and composer, Ryan had his first orchestral composition performed by a live orchestra when he was 16 years old.
In 2008, Ryan performed at Carnegie Hall a finalist in the American High School Honors Performance Series, and in 2009 Ryan performed the winning vocal duet in ACSI’s Southern California Choral Competition, and travelled to the cathedral at Notre Dame in Paris, the cathedral at Nantes, and the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, to sing at the D-Day anniversary celebrations. In his junior year of high school, Ryan enrolled at Granada Hills Charter High School, an LAUSD performing arts charter school, where he performed in choir, jazz band, and orchestra, and arranged and composed. He also began working as a cameraman for Shepherd Media Services, and became the proprietor of his own piano tuning business. Attending California Summer Institute for the Arts, he completed additional coursework in Music Theory, Composition, Music Aesthetics, African Drumming, and Chamber Music. In 2010, he was designated a California Arts Scholar, and was presented with the Governor’s Medallion, the highest distinction in California for artistically talented students.
Ryan LeGrand currently lives in Salem, Oregon while spending summers in his hometown of Los Angeles. A current student at Willamette University, Ryan has also studied music at the California Institute of the Arts. As concert musician Ryan has worked with over 50 different ensembles, including the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, American Honors Choir, Laudate Collegium, the Willamette Chamber Choir, Symphony of the Canyons, and the Highlander String Quartet. He has performed in some of the most prestigious venues in the world, including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and the Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Chartres. In 2010, while attending the California Summer School for the Arts, Ryan was recognized by Gov. (Fmr) Arnold Schwarzenegger as a California Arts Scholar. He was recently awarded the Hampton Award for Musical Excellence as well as the President’s Award for Educational Excellence.
Ryan’s compositions are a fusion of his influences, such as Tallis, Bach, Handel, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Williams, and Whitacre culminating in what he describes as a neo-Baroque style. Ryan has composed over 50 different works, including dozens of multi-movement pieces such as the Mass in C Minor. He composes for all instruments and orchestrations including works for solo violin, string quartets, choir (SATB / SSA / TTBB / SSAATTBB), and works for string orchestra, for brass octet, for full orchestra and choir, and most everything in between.
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Requiem in C Minor (Introitus)
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A short excerpt from the introduction to LeGrand's Requiem in C# minor. The Requiem is a Mass for the Dead, often recited at funerals.
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In Memoriam for A.H.H.
Para tenor y piano
dura 22 minutos
In Memoriam, A.H.H., Op. 80 by Ryan LeGrand.
Poetry taken from Alfred, Lord Tennyson's cycle "In Memoriam, A.H.H." which was written over a period of about 20 years. Tennyson's daughter's fiance was killed and Tennyson wrote the cycle of about 150 poems over 20 years as a greiving process. In this cycle, I've chosen parts of 5 poems that go through the stages of grief.

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