Barbara Ulman

Contemporary Classical Music
24 April 2017

Videos for Reverie & Rondo

Here a videos made for my compositions Reverie & Rondo: Reverie Rondo  
26 February 2016

Finished Three Songs in the Navajo Manner

I've finished the second and third art songs on Ron Singer's Poems in the Navajo Manner.  All three songs are scored for tenor, two flutes, and percussion.  I've written original melodies after listening to recordings.  My intention has been to honor the flavor of Navajo music without actually copying anything I heard.  
19 October 2015

New art songs

I finished writing two art songs this summer, using poetry by Ron Singer of New York and Maine: one for baritone, cello, and violin; the other for tenor, two flutes, and drum. Now working on two more scored like the second one, based on Ron's "Poems in the Navajo Manner."  
19 May 2015

Demo and talk at local college

Last night I talked about my twelve Interval Studies to a class in musical history at the Oakhurst Community College.  I explained how I used motivic development in "Perfect Fourths," played the two parts separately on the piano, and then played the whole piece with both hands. Then I showed a couple of the other studies as they appear on YouTube with Malinowski visualizations. We also played my three E. E. Cummings songs that are on YouTube in live performances, and then the students asked a ... 
26 February 2015

My scores in CSU Fresno Music Library

The scores of most of my compositions are now catalogued and available for checkout from the Music Library at California State University, Fresno.  
31 January 2015

My CD in CSU Fresno library

The Henry Madden Library at California State University, Fresno, now has my CD "Music of the Senses" available for checkout.  It can be found in the online catalogue.  
09 January 2015

Interval Studies Performed

Pianist Alan Rea performed my twelve Interval Studies to an enthusiastic audience at the Fresno Musical Club meeting on Jan. 7, 2015.  People found humor and interest in them and encouraged me to get them published -- on paper. The videos of them on my website illustrate the notation in an intriguing way.  (see the Instrumental Music link on  
26 October 2014

Solo Piano Recital Nov. 2

I will play a piano concert on Nov. 2 at 2 PM in the Oakhurst, CA  public library.  I will perform music from the Baroque to the present, concentrating on short compositions with lyrical and romantic melodies.  Featured composers are Bach, Scarlatti, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Prokofiev, Bartok, Kabalevsky, and Ulman (the first version of my "Reverie," originally written for solo piano.)  
13 August 2014

Concert Aug. 17, 2014

Classical music for piano, violin, and viola at 2 PM on August 17, 2014 in the Church of the Good Shepherd, Rangeley, Maine. I will be playing the piano in a concert with violinist/violist Henry Plotkin.  Besides Handel, Schubert, Beethoven, and Massenet, we'll play one of my earliest pieces, "Reverie," which I've just arranged for viola and piano.  On MusicaNeo the same piece is played on clarinet and piano; also available: the original solo piano score and an arrangement for wind quintet. ... 
20 June 2014

Piano teachers and voice teachers: check this out!

My 12 Interval Studies for Piano are for ear training, finger training, and voice training.  Anyone who can play the piano moderately well can play them and benefit from them.  Not just an exercise, these are short compositions which feature one interval at a time.  Practicing each hand alone will help one hear and feel the intervals. Recently I went through all the scores and edited them to make them easier to read and play.  The audio of each one is now available on MusicaNeo. ... 
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