Operetta in the XXI century defined and re-defined. Here it is, "It's Never Too Late to Lie" with music by contemporary classical composer Patricio da Silva and original libretto in English by Irene Dische.

Operettas in English

The first operettas in English language originate in England in the 1860s of which Arthur Sullivan's Cox and Box (1866) is thought to be the first. Gilbert and Sullivan, thanks to their long-running collaboration across the Victorian era, solidified the operetta format in England. W. S. Gilbert wrote the words (the libretti, as best known in the classical world) and Sullivan composed the music, and together the pair created 14 of some of the all-time best operettas and comic operas, later called Savoy Operas. with their popular extending from Britain to the U.S., and pretty much elsewhere in the Western wide of the world.

American Operettas

Early American operetta composers include Victor Herbert, whose operettas at the beginning of the 20th century were influenced by both Viennese operetta and Gilbert and Sullivan. Victor Herbert was succeeded by Sigmund Romberg and Rudolph Friml.

American Operetta vs. American Music Theater

The operetta as a classic music genre as largely morphed, since the end of World War I, into musicals and American musical theater. Before that, the dividing line between opera and operetta has traditionally been fuzzy. Typically less serious in content and shorter in length, the operetta has made a living out of satire, humor, and amusement.

That is what is typically assumed in the musicals by Rodgers and Hart, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and several others. American classical composers provide few rare Operetta examples, and these most notably include American operettas by composers Leonard Bernstein's Candide and Patricio da Silva's It's Never Too Late to Lie.

The operetta "It's Never Too Late To Lie" with music by composer Patricio da Silva is now available as Youtube video.

Music by Contemporary American Composers

Music by contemporary American composer Patricio da Silva in classical music concerts in NY and Atlanta, including contemporary classical music for harp and violin duo, and solo piano.

Classical music concerts this month with contemporary classical music by American composer Patricio da Silva. On June 30th, at the German Consulate in NY, German pianist Jens Barnieck tours the US with a piano recital program featuring romantic piano pieces, including music by Patricio da Silva. A few days later, on July 2nd, in Atlanta, GA, the American Harp Society National Conference hosts contemporary classical music by Patricio da Silva, a new 15 minute piece commissioned by the American Harp Society for harp and violin duo, with the Crimson Duo, Jaymee Haefner (harpist) and Matt Milewski (violin).

Piano Recital w Jens Barnieck
Thursday, June 30th, 2016
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
German Consulate General New York
871 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017

Harp and Violin Recital
Crimson Duo, July 2nd,
2:30 PM to 3:45 PM
American Harp Society National Conference
Emory Conference Center
1615 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30329

Music for Violin and Harp

Music for Violin and Harp by contemporary classical composer Patricio da Silva, 15 minutes of harp and violin duet music, in three movements:

  • Music for Violin and Harp, Movement I:West is this Way
  • Music for Violin and Harp, Movement II: We're no longer in Kansas
  • Music for Violin and Harp, Movement III: Hands On

Music for Violin and Harp

by Patricio da Silva

Date of Composition (2015)
Duration: circa 15'
Commissioned by: American Harp Society
Premiered by: Jaymee Haefner (harp) and Matt Milewski (violin), Spectrum Chamber Music Ensemble, Forth Worth, Texas.

Program Notes

Written in 2015, Music for Violin and Harp by Patricio da Silva is a collection of three pieces of contemporary classical music commissioned by the American Harp Society for harp and violin duet, premiered by Jaymee Haefner (harp) and Matt Milewski (violin) in Forth Worth Texas, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Spectrum Chamber Music Ensemble by musicians of the Forth Worth Symphony Orchestra.

West is this Way

Imagine a classical scene in a western film: you see the main character's silhouette far in the horizon riding in your direction. You know the character is coming your way, you just don't know what will happen next. That's the beginning of this piece, a postcard from California, land of deserts, fertile valleys, Spanish Missions, and high-tech culture.

We're no longer in Kansas

Ladies and gentlemen, are you are ready for trick or treat music? Harmonically speaking, you will be set-up, influenced, misdirected, and manipulated in a joy ride of harmonic ambiguities and trickeries.

Hands On

Time for instrumental showmanship, hands on virtuosity driving an upbeat mood with jolly good tunes. 

Now and Then: Music from the Great Depression (s) 2010 - 1929

Music from the Great Depression (s) 2010-1929

Now and Then: Music from the Great Depression, the best Great Depression songs and 1930's music as heard during the Great Depression period in America presented side by side with contemporary classical music by classical composer Patricio da Silva, now also available on youtube.

Now and Then is a crossover album with powerful contemporary classical music instrumentals by classical composer Patricio da Silva and some of the most iconic popular music from the Great Depression period including foxtrot music songs, foxtrot music instrumentals, contemporary classical piano music, classical guitar concerto for guitar and orchestra, and 1930's piano music.  Now and Then is also known as the Keep Calm and Carry On guitar concerto album that features the premiere of Patricio da Silva's classical guitar concerto.

This album was recorded live in concert with British Invasion rock star and early American and British popular music specialist, Ian Whitcomb; featured piano soloist of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and Disney Hall, Bryan Pezzone, plays 1930's piano music; classical guitarist Michael Kudirka performs Guitar Concerto by contemporary classical composer Patricio da Silva; concert pianist Yevgeniy Milyavskiy plays contemporary piano music by Patricio da Silva; and the 15-piece What’s Next? Ensemble with artistic direction by John Stulz (viola) and Vimbayi Kaziboni (conductor).

Great Depression Music and Great Depression Songs download ready on Itunes and Amazon.

Great Depression Songs - Music from the Great Depression

Das Magazin von Steinway identified Patrício da Silva’s compositions as, “A true firework of youth and strength.” Musical Opinion stated, “Here is a genuine creative voice, his work being full of interest and beguiling invention.” Now and Then: Music from the Great Depression(s) 2010 / 1929 once again demonstrates da Silva’s extensive range of compositional mastery, where he juxtaposes his latest classical works with his effervescent arrangements of 1930’s depression era popular songs. “Kurt Weil was the first depression ... We are reflecting the second. Through this depression, we are actually creating great works of art, which is often the case ... When you have bad times, you have great music,” said Ian Whitcomb. Together, these two very different genres counterpointed by a single composer, bring an unparalleled richness to the hearts and spirits of music lovers everywhere.

Meet the Musicians in Now and Then

Music from the Great Depression (s) 2010 / 1929

Ian Whitcomb: singer, ukulele, musette

Grammy award winning Ian Whitcomb has been entertaining the world for over 30 years. Hitting the American Top Ten charts in 1965 with his novelty record, "You Turn Me On" (an orgasmic panting song), he soon abandoned life as a British Invader (born in Surrey, England, in 1941) to devote himself to resurrecting the roots of pop music, especially Ragtime and the simple, heartfelt songs of turn-of-the-century Tin Pan Alley.

Ian Whitcomb 
.....The result has been a steady flow of records, books, documentaries, radio shows, and concerts dedicated to this neglected music. He has performed everywhere, from the Hollywood Bowl and the Montreux Jazz Festival to shopping malls and private homes. Not only has he preserved such gems as "I Go So Far With Sophie On Sophie's Sofa" and "The War In Snider's Grocery Store", but he has also added to the library of sturdy songs with his own contributions such as "Wurzel Fudge--The Village Idiot" and even serious ballads. He has performed on such TV shows as Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show"; he represented Ireland at the European Variety TV show contest (Ian is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, and The Father of Irish Rock); and he was the original host of the longest running rock TV program in Britain, "The Old Grey Whistle Test".

.....As an author, he is best known for his classic book on the history of pop music from rag to rock, entitled "After The Ball", still in print after a quarter of a century. He has published ten other books, including a biography of Irving Berlin, a memoir of his life in Los Angeles, and a novel set in Southern California. His “Brother Can You Spare a Dime?” offers a unique look into the people’s music of the Great Depression. While “The Coming of the Crooners” examines the history of great crooners such as Gene Austin, Bing Crosby, and the like.

.....He lives near Pasadena, California, with his singing wife, Regina, and his mongrel dog, Inspector. Fittingly, this animal was inherited from the late Rudy Vallee, the world's first-star crooner--for Ian Whitcomb is the last in the line of such gentle, friendly song delineators. He doesn't only sing comedy songs, you see, he can jerk tears with such numbers as "Who Wants A Bad Little Boy?"

Bryan Pezzone piano

Bryan Pezzone piano
Since beginning his career in Los Angeles in 1987, Bryan has worked with many of the premiere contemporary music composers and conductors; Pierre Boulez, Oliver Knussen, John Adams, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Kent Nagano and John Williams. 

Yevgeniy Milyavskiy piano

Yevgeniy Milyavskiy piano
Yevgeniy Milyavskiy piano

Yevgeniy Milyavskiy has won numerous awards and competitions, including the Spotlight Awards at the Los Angeles Music Center, the Los Angeles International Franz Liszt Competition, and the Jose Iturbi International Piano Competition. Yevgeniy has been fellow to numerous music festivals, including the Chamber Symposium in Lausanne, Switzerland, the International Chopin Piano Symposium Los Angeles, the Aspen Summer Music Festival, and the Tanglewood Music Center Festival.


Michael Kudirka guitar

Michael Kudirka Guitar
Michael Kudirka guitar

With descriptions like "...the excellent guitarist in [Hans Werner] Henze’s unsettled score” from Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Time and “great variety and wealth of timbres, breathing, nuances, intensities, tempo changes, all sustained by an impeccable technique” from Enrique Velasco del Valle of the Diario de Xalapa (Mexico), Michael Kudirka is known as a guitarist with rare musical and interpretive gifts. Numerous competition first prizes include the American String Teachers Association, the University of Southern California Concerto Competition, and the Portland International Guitar Competition.


Vimbayi Kaziboni conductor

Vimbayi Kaziboni conductor
Vimbayi Kaziboni conductor
Zimbabwe native Vimbayi Kaziboni has received considerable acclaim as a young conductor and performer. His principal leadership role is founding artistic director and chief conductor of the Los Angeles-based What’s Next? Ensemble. 

What's Next Ensemble

Called “exciting... even overwhelming,” and a “superb ensemble” by Opera West, What's Next? Ensemble is a post-classical music collective based in Los Angeles. Created in the spring of 2008 with the mission of bringing together talented emerging artists to perform exciting, cutting-edge music from Southern California and beyond, What’s Next? is building a reputation as a leader in the Southern California music scene.

Founded by violist John Stulz and conductor Vimbayi Kaziboni, What’s Next? Ensemble has grown steadily from its beginnings playing guerilla music events on the University of Southern California campus to presenting concerts at traditional and unusual venues across the LA area including Boston Court Performing Arts Center, the Royal-T Arts Space & Cafe, the Fake Gallery, the Annenberg Beach House and the South Pasadena Public Library. Recently, What’s Next? collaborated with the Long Beach Opera in the West Coast staged premiere of works by Stewart Copeland and Bang-on-a-Can founder Michael Gordon, where they played with “panache.” (Mark Swed, LA Times)

The musicians of What’s Next? are some of the most dedicated and talented new music performers in the country. They are alumni and participants of such luminary new music festivals and programs as Ensemble ACJW, Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie, The Lucerne Festival Academy, the Aspen Contemporary Music Ensemble, the Bang on a Can Music Summer Festival.

With their signature event the Los Angeles Composers Project, they have presented and championed the works of over 50 Southern California composers from all stages of their careers. Now in its fifth year, the LACP is the most comprehensive and hippest retrospective of the exciting music being created in Los Angeles today. Through the LA Composers Project, What’s Next? works to foster and support a vibrant music community right here in Los Angeles.

Musicians of What’s Next? Ensemble

Sakura Tsai, violin
Edgar Sandoval, violin
John Stulz, viola
Stella Cho, cello
Harish Kumar, bass
Tara Schwab, flute
Carmen Izzo, clarinet
Caster Teoh, trumpet
Michael Kudirka, guitar
Katherine Norring, piano
Brian Foreman, drums/percussion

Music for Violin and Harp Duo premieres in Texas

Music for Violin and Harp by contemporary classical composer Patricio da Silva premiered this week in Forth Worth, Texas, in a performance by harpist Jaymee Haefner and violinist Matt Milewski in a concert celebrating 30 years of the Spectrum Chamber Music Ensemble with members of the Forth Worth Symphony.

Here's a great review by the Star-Telegram.

Music for Documentaries

TheSoundStew Studios is a media company specializing in the production of original music for documentaries, music for film, and music for video game and media industries.

Situated in Santa Barbara, California, TheSoundStew is a company conveniently located near major airports and the booming entertainment industry in Los Angeles. Equipped with a state-of-the-art recording studio and vocal booths, TheSoundStew provides a full solution for producing music for your documentary, film, or video game, delivering complete in-house production from the composing of the original score to recording and post-production. TheSoundStew takes your project from start to completion all in one place with one team, making us the ideal solution when expertise and delivery times are priorities.

For the production of documentaries, our relationships with the best talents in California allow us to deliver a great product with the highest quality resources to our clients:

  • Music for documentaries
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We look forward to hearing from you and working on your project together. We work with clients all over the world. Describe us your project and tell us what and when you need it!

Clarinet Quintet Sheet Music

Clarinet Quintet sheet music now available as printable PDF. Download the contemporary Clarinet Quintet sheet music PDF quick and easy! And listen free to the Clarinet Quintet Youtube classical music video now online.

Quintet for Clarinet and Strings

Clarinet Quintet sheet music in pdf by Patricio da Silva is great classical music now available for download. You can easily print the score or read the notes from a tablet. Clarinet quintet sheet music is available in full score as well as in individual sheets for the different quintet members. Clarinet quintet sheet music is ready for download as printable PDF.

What is a Clarinet Quintet? 

A clarinet quintet is a classical music chamber music ensemble formed by one clarinet and strings - a standard string quartet with two violins, one viola, and one violoncello. The term clarinet quintet can also refer to a group of any five instruments from the clarinet family: B♭ clarinets, E♭ clarinets, alto clarinets, bass clarinets. When Clarinet Quintet is a "clarinet only" ensemble, it is most commonly called quintet of clarinets although Clarinet Quintet is often interchangeably.

Among the earliest and most influential clarinet quintets in classical and romantic chamber music repertoire (repertory) there is the Clarinet Quintet by Mozart - Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, K. 581, the Clarinet Quintet op. 34 by Carl Maria von Weber, and Johannes Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115. Fast forward to the present. Critically aclaimed contemporary classical music of the 21st century, Clarinet Quintet sheet music by Patricio da Silva is now conveniently available for download as printable PDF so that you can also read it on your tablet.

Quintet for Clarinet Sheet Music
Clarinet Quintet Sheet Music

Clarinet Quintet Youtube 

Listen to Clarinet Quintet by Patricio da Silva as a Youtube classical music video with famous clarinetist Carmen Izzo and one of the best Los Angeles' string quartets of contemporary classical music.

Clarinet Concerto 

The writing for the clarinet is so virtuosic that some have already called it a 21st-century clarinet concerto.

Clarinet Chamber Music

Other chamber music pieces with clarinet by contemporary classical composer Patricio da Silva are available as sheet music by simply downloading of a printable pdf.

What is a Piano Quartet?

In classical music, a piano quartet is a chamber music composition (an ensemble work) for four players typically featuring piano plus strings, namely, one violin, viola and cello.

It's more than just a coincidence that chamber music repertoire from Haydn to Schumann includes so many piano trios, piano quartets, and piano quintets. Piano and strings have provided the grounds for several very successful chamber music instrumentations. All of these groupings of one piano with strings became all too popular and sought out instrumentations by composers who wanted to make a name for themselves.

Contemporary Piano Quartet

Commissioned in 2003 and premiered in 2004 at the Cistermusica Festival in Portugal, this modern piano quartet by Portuguese-American contemporary classical composer Patricio da Silva is a three movement piece totaling 12 minutes of on stage glowing. With high energy drive, the different lines are scattered through the different instruments with occasional jazz and blues overtones, both outer movements provide a sense of forward movement and propulsion characteristic of the composer's writing style. The second movement is romantic, ritualistic at times, interwoven lyrical and sad/introspective moments.

"Piano Quartet" by Patricio da Silva received the European premiere by the Moskow Piano Quartet. The American premiere of Patricio da Silva's piano quartet took place at the 2006 Tanglewood Music Festival, summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, performed by the New Fromm Players.

Piano Quartet Sheet Music

Piano Quartet Sheet music (printable pdf of score and parts) for Piano Quartet by Patricio da Silva is available for download.

Piano Quartet Repertoire

Piano quartets by composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Robert Schumann, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Antonín Dvořák and Gabriel Fauré are today among the most popular works in the piano quartet repertoire. The piano trio, requiring the least number of players (piano, violin, cello) it is always the easiest and cheapest to produce in a classical music concert. So, quite understandably it holds the largest volume of pieces in the chamber music repertoire, far more than piano quartets or piano quintets. With chamber music too, economics rule.

There are several examples in chamber music repertoire of piano trios, piano quartets, and piano quintets by different classical composers who themselves created two versions of the same work by re-arranging for other instruments. Brahms for example, did just that with his piano quintet and his sonata for two pianos.

About Gilberta Paiva

Gilberte Paiva is an unavoidable figure in the Portuguese music scene of the second half of the twentieth century, as educator and organizer. She managed, through the foundation of the Santa Maria da Feira Music Academy and Regional Conservatory of Aveiro, the decentralization of music education in the country. With the foundation of the Santa Cecilia Academy of Music in Portugal introduced a then-unique teaching model in Portugal, the first school of mainstream education.
Director still the Academy of Santa Maria da Feira, then created a Pro-Art delegation. As a teacher, he graduated disciples in various institutions where he taught, among which stand out pianists António Rosado, Eurico Rosado and composer Patricio da Silva.
After her retirement, she reorganized and held managerial positions at the Conservatory in Santarém. She was honored in 2000 by the Academy and the City Council of Santa Maria da Feira, in a ceremony that included the award of her name to one of the avenues of this city. In 2005, Gilberta Paiva was commended with the degree of Commander of the Order of Public Instruction, the President of the Republic, Jorge Sampaio.

About Gilberta Paiva

by Patricio da Silva

An astonishing intelligence, fearless visionary, resolute administrator, teacher of genius, able to spot and steer talent like no other. The number of jobs and careers she personally created and enabled through music is like no other case I've ever heard of, anywhere. Literally, thousands of people in Portugal, even today, owe their education and their musical careers thanks to her.

It was this woman's vision and work that changed the course of music education in Portugal, founding, organizing, and running private and semi-private conservatories and music academies all across the country. And it didn't matter where she was working, for each new school she replicated success stories. She was the living example of the power of the individual, how intelligent entrepreneurship puts to shame the bloated efforts of socialized, federalized, subsidized, state-sponsored arts bullshit. If she wanted something done, she would not stop until she had it as she wanted it, no waiting, no permission asking. When she spoke, everybody heard it. A tough cookie, she accumulated quite a set of admirers, as well as a decent collection of unfriendly relations in high places. Once one would become a close student, she would give you a line-up of warnings: because you are my student, here are the doors that won't be friendly and she would go on telling, story by story, what had happened. I got to learn the history of XXth century Portuguese classical music delivered through daily narratives of different characters, institutional intrigue, political influence, personal vendettas, and family clans, all on a first-person basis. A lesson with her was always the entire afternoon. In my last year with her, she'd already retired from all administration and official duties. I lived at her home, I would attend to school affairs at the conservatory in the morning, and then a lesson everyday starting after lunch til she would pronounce my brain dead for the day. Repertoire choices and exercises were prescribed with the rigor of medicine for ignorance. She had had the mechanics of her Bechstein piano rigged, and made heavier to muscle up the fingers, build endurance and push you to work smarter, not harder with the mechanics the piano. Performing classical music was for her, first and foremost, an art of communication, and she wanted you to play the instrument like an actor is aware of diction. "If I'm seating in the last row of chairs in the concert hall, I still need to hear crystal-clear every single note of what you're playing", she used to say.  Her biggest investments in life were human investments. Throughout her career she mentored, sponsored, and groomed the education of many individuals through music. Her students successes were her own successes. The only return on investment she asked for was for people to improve, do well, and get to work.

Musicas Classicas mais Conhecidas

Entre as musicas classicas mais conhecidas de compositores Portugueses e compositores Brasileiros se encontra o Concerto para Guitarra do compositor clássico Patricio da Silva.

Até à data continua sendo das musicas clássicas mais tocadas, mais ouvidas e mais conhecidas em centenas de transmissões por rádios de musica clássica pelo mundo inteiro, desde as Filipinas até Los Angeles, de Lisboa a Nova York. Descrita pelos críticos como uma das mais belas musicas classicas modernas para ouvir e das musicas classicas contemporâneas mais populares, aqui fica o video para poder ouvir o concerto ao vivo.

As composições musicais  de Patrício da Silva vão desde peças de música sinfónica e música para orquestra à opera, quartetos de piano, quartetos de corda, quinteto de clarinete, peças de música de camara, música para piano solo, música electrónica, música algorítmica... Residente nos EUA há mais de duas décadas, as suas obras já foram tocadas ao vivo nas melhores salas de concerto e festivais de música nos EUA e Europa, incluindo os festivais de Ojai, Tanglewood, Ravinia, e Aspen. Na Alemanha, a sua música para piano foi selecionada pelo famoso director de orquestra Christoph Eschenbach para um concerto especial para a Beethoven Haus em Bona. A sua música foi recebida com o maior sucesso pela crítica internacional, com sucessos na Alemanha, Austria, e UK.

O concerto para guitarra clássica está escrito para um solista em guitarra classica uma orquestra de 13 instrumentistas, inclui flauta, clarinete, trompete, percussao, violinos, viola, violoncelo, contrabaixo.

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