Once Rob discovered Mahler and Bernstein at the Berklee College Library and left to study with master composer and pedagogue Myron Fink at SUNY Purchase, he realized that he would only truly learn orchestration via experience. Counterpoint and harmony were one thing. Bach fugues and Wagner’s Tristan Prelude, not to mention Stravinsky’s bitonal writing in Le Sacre; these were coming straight from the score through Myron’s brain to Rob's ears. His life was changed.
Orchestral Songs is a departure, a love offering dedicated musically to the masters. Britten, Mahler, Stravinsky, Vaughan Williams, Corigliano, Beethoven, Bach, Rorem, Bernstein, Sondheim...the list goes on and on. Giants that make it impossible to ever make the grade. That said, giants that make life literally an endless adventure, a search for clarity of vision. Something else indeed.
The music is all orchestral with some rhythm section and grooves but mostly side steeping harmony and devotional lyrics ala Yeats, William Carlos Williams and Heinrich Heine. Evening Train is Rob's musical testimony. Orchestral Songs is Rob's vacation in romantic dreamland.