James Nathaniel Holland Opera Composer

James Nathaniel Holland
                                                                                                            Composer, Lyric Tenor, Pianist

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The Rape of Medusa Symphony No. 3 Wind in the Willows Ballet Concerto for Oboe Shakespeare Art Songs Solo Piano
Classical music composers and film composers like Richard Strauss for their operas Der Rosencavalier and popular Broadway shows of Andrew Lloyd Webber in New York like Cats, The Lion King would be proud of this opera based on the adventure of Perseus and Medusa. Symphonies like these are performed by the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center, Berlin Philharmoniker, included in operas and concerts in London.  Follows in line with Fflur Wyn, Steve Reich, Andrew Smith, Julian Anderson, Sakari Oramo Francois Xavier Roth Sam MacKay who are featured in London Time Out.  Steve Reich, like John Adams and Philip Glass, is an influential minimalist composer tells us about the American style that made classical music popular again.  There many up and coming young composers who attended Mannes School of Music, Julliard, Boston Conservatory and Indiana University. One of the seminal American composers of 20th century music and 21st century music like Joseph Schwantner can be a little daunting, not like dutch violinist Andre Rieu, soprano Sarah Brightman, tenors in the successful El Divo, multinational operatic pop vocal group created by manager Simon Cowell. Formed in the United Kingdom, they are signed to Cowell's record label, Syco Music. There was another ballet, The Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty and Nijinsky produced by the National Ballet of Canada.  The New York City Ballet and American ballet have produced Alice in Wonderland and Cinderella. concerto for oboe and orchestra Shakespeare sonnets are among the many art songs.  William Shakespeare and other British poets are among my favorite for London opera singers who sing at such place like Glyndebourne, Bavarian State Opera, Royal Opera House, Wigmore Hall, and Aix-en-Provence Festival, royal Albert Hall.  Mendelssohn, Handel and Bach were among famous Baroque composers.  Later Mozart, Hadyn and Beethoven in Vienna Austria in the classical period.  Russian composers like Stravinsky, Prokofiev Rimsky Korsakov are also popular.  In America composers like Aaron Copeland Leonard Bernstein Charles Ives and Howard Hanson who were published composers with Boosey and Hawkes, G. Schirmer music publisher and more success stories in new music. This piano collection sheet music is for sale, or music sales classical like Hal Leonard who publish today's leading composers like Chester Music publishes new album by Richard Reed Parry and Saariaho featured composer at Trondheim Chamber Music Festival Iles Medal awarded to John McCabe as I am sure the genius grant from the MacArthur Foundation which also fund PBS programming and WYNC in New York.

My Music: An Eclectic Reflection
of Our Times

Never before in the history of the world has so much music, from all periods of history and corners of the globe, been available to us at the touch of a fingertip.

My music comes from within, inspired from sounds of nature, the radio, the television, a dancehall, the theater, an electronic device;  all that define us as a people existing in a shared, modern-day life experience.

James Nathaniel Holland
Composer, Pianist and Lyric Tenor

Many arrangements for solo voice, orchestra, duets, and instrumental duets of the Christmas classic O Holy Night by French composer Adlophe Adam Popular Arrangements of O Holy Night (Cantique de Noel) by Adolphe Adam
Now available on both SheetMusicPlus.com and Amazon.com.
Many arrangements of The Holy City for solo voice, orchestra, trumpet duet by Stephen Adams Michael Maybrick Popular Arrangements of The Holy City by Stephen Adams (Michael Maybrick)
Now available on both SheetMusicPlus.com and Amazon.com.
Many arrangements of The Holy City for solo voice, orchestra, trumpet duet by Stephen Adams Michael Maybrick Piano Transcriptions of Gabriel Faure Songs
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Many arrangements of neapolitan songs for solo voice, piano and string quartet Neapolitan Italian songs
Now available on both SheetMusicPlus.com and Amazon.com.

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What people are saying about Holland's music:

    "... still enthralled ...has anyone in his right mind yet caught-on to your amazing work ~ and grasped it?!? still enthralled listening ... THANK you ~ for this amazingly wonderful acoustic adventure! BRAVO!"
---Comment on Wind in the Willows ballet

    "Sassy and weirdly cool" --Rebecca Ward--Comment on Autumnsong

    "Please continue uploading your astonishing symphonies, there's a big fan out there"

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    "It's great to discover new gems....This is so wonderful!"
 --Kolya Krasotkin--Comment on Italian Set for Oboe, Basson and Piano Trio

    "This was delightful to my soul. Truly moving."
 --Comment on Piano Concerto No. 3

      James Nathaniel Holland is an American classical music composer of operas, symphonies, ballets, songs, and other musical concertworks that incorporate a unique, eclectic, blend of romantic, classical, world and jazz styles.

     Born and raised in Indiana, he studied music at DePauw University, Vienna Austria, Interlochen National Music Camp and Indiana University  (Bloomington, IN). At these schools many of his early pieces were premiered and performed, with one work being selected for main-stage production in the season.

      Moving to Los Angeles and then settling in New York, he performed professionally sometimes as a singer, sometimes as a pianist, sometimes as choral conductor. He composed incidental music for the stage.   In 2002 he founded a composers collective where they showcased their work. He was one of the first composers to participate in the American Music Center's initial on-line library. The New Jersey Concert Opera and the Gay Men's Chorus of New Jersey also featured his comic operas and art songs.

From 2005 he moved to Costa Rica where he organized concerts with visiting guest artists to present his chamber music to the public.  Presently he lives in a castle in the central mountains of Costa Rica.

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