Henry Mollicone, Brian Staufenbiel & Daniel Glover | Songs and Mysteries

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Songs and Mysteries

by Henry Mollicone, Brian Staufenbiel & Daniel Glover

A reflective song cycle based on romantic poems performed by tenor Brian Staufenbiel, followed by dark and spiritual piano music based upon the mysteries of the catholic rosary.
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1. Songs of Love and Departure: A Pearl, A Girl
Henry Mollicone & Brian Staufenbiel
1:44 $0.79
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2. Songs of Love and Departure: Love's Secret
Henry Mollicone & Brian Staufenbiel
2:11 $0.79
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3. Songs of Love and Departure: Childe Harold's Farewell to England
Henry Mollicone & Brian Staufenbiel
2:49 $0.99
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4. Songs of Love and Departure: Crossing the Bar
Henry Mollicone & Brian Staufenbiel
3:33 $0.99
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5. Misteria: The Annunciation
Daniel Glover
1:55 $0.89
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6. Misteria: The Visitation
Daniel Glover
3:25 $0.89
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7. Misteria: The Birth of Jesus
Daniel Glover
2:38 $0.89
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8. Misteria: The Presentation of Jesus At the Temple
Daniel Glover
2:05 $0.89
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9. Misteria: The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple
Daniel Glover
2:21 $0.89
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10. Misteria: The Agony in the Garden
Daniel Glover
4:14 $0.89
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11. Misteria: The Scourging At the Pillar
Daniel Glover
2:26 $0.89
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12. Misteria: The Crowning With the Thorns
Daniel Glover
1:41 $0.89
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13. Misteria: The Carrying of the Cross
Daniel Glover
2:13 $0.89
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14. Misteria: The Crucifixion
Daniel Glover
3:31 $0.89
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15. Misteria: The Resurrection
Daniel Glover
1:33 $0.89
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16. Misteria: The Ascension
Daniel Glover
2:46 $0.89
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17. Misteria: The Descent of the Holy Spirit
Daniel Glover
2:00 $0.89
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18. Misteria: The Assumption
Daniel Glover
2:31 $0.89
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19. Misteria: The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Daniel Glover
1:42 $0.89
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20. La Cenerentola: Fantasy for Piano
Henry Mollicone
11:43 $0.49
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Songs and Mysteries by Henry Mollicone is a collection of music written by Henry Mollicone for piano and voice. The music showcases powerful subject matter, while often maintaining Mollicone's post-romantic writing elements.

Songs of Love and Departure, a song cycle for tenor and piano, is written about some of the darker elements of loss and longing. Brian Staufenbiel, accompanied on piano by the composer, sings about the pains of loss (love, country, life).

Mollicone draws upon sacred subject matter with his reflective piano work Misteria. "Misteria is inspired by the traditional Catholic Rosary, its movements corresponding to the fifteen mysteries, which are in three sections; the tradition is to meditate upon these mysteries while saying the words of the prayers, which act as a kind of mantra. The music attempts to depict the spirit of the mysteries, and is not intended to in any way duplicate or replace the process of meditation in praying the Rosary, which according to tradition, is the prayer most favored by the Blessed Mother." Pianist Daniel Glover performs Mollicone's work with impressive impeccability.

La Cenerentola is a recent work, written as a birthday present for Kassandra Edwards. Mollicone captures many of the operas favorite melodies and transforms them into a fantasy suite.

“Based upon music from Rossini’s opera, it was largely influenced by other Romantic composers: Chopin, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, and mostly, Liszt. I owe gratitude to my first piano teacher, Salvatore J. Fransosi, who instilled in me when I was a child a deep love for the music of these composers. Sal was a great inspiration to me, as he introduced me to so much wonderful music that I was not aware of as a young child.

“Having studied Liszt transcriptions of songs and operas, I set out to compose a melodic work of modern romantic piano music- an operatic piano transcription- with those models in mind. I also decided to keep the CENERENTOLA themes used in the same keys as they are in the opera. This gave me the challenge to compose appropriate transitions between the opera themes, adding my own variations of Rossini’s musical material along with additional original music.” Mollicone performs his work on piano.


Brian Staufenbiel is a well-known singer, teacher, and stage director living in the San Francisco Bay Area. His busy performance career includes opera and recital work, for which he has been highly praised.

Daniel Glover is a popular pianist with a prolific performing career. Living in San Francisco, he is known for having an extremely large repertoire, which ranges from traditional classic works to the works of living composers. He has an an international reputation as a performer.

Henry Mollicone, composer, has studied with Donald Martino, Ron Nelson, Daniel Pinkham, Gunther Schuller, and Seymour Schifrin. His one-act operas, Emperor Norton, Starbird, The Face on the Barrom Floor, and The Mask of Evil have been performed extensively. The Face on the Barroom Floor, a recipient of the American Composers' Recording Award, is one of America's most often performed contemporary operas. His full-length opera, Coyote Tales, commissioned and premiered by the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, is available on CD. His full-length opera Hotel Eden was premiered at Opera San Jose in 1989. Mr. Mollicone has guest-conducted at several American opera companies, was a musical assistant to Leonard Bernstein for the show 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and was an assistant conductor at the New York City Opera.

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