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Dev Dosaj
1959 -
United States of America, CA
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D. Dosaj
Dev Dosaj (19/06/1959), an American composer. He is a native of California, born in Santa Monica. His diversified talents include piano, french horn, guitar and bass, all of which he studied until the age of 18. He was a student of Charlie Shoemake for several years. He learned to work with jazz chord progressions in the style of Charlie Parker, Bud Powell and many other Be-Bop players. Mr. Dosaj also studied the violin and attended classical music concerts.
He earned his bachelor's degree at California State University Northridge and was active in the music department, playing piano in one of the jazz bands and singing in the Philharmonic Choir. This is where he developed an appreciation for choral music.
Later he became the keyboard player for a rock group named Atlantis, which in later incarnations would be known as Metro. He composed original music and wrote lyrics for this band. He also sang back up vocals. The group performed throughout southern California.
After leaving the world of rock, he joined the Los Angeles Valley College Philharmonic Choir as a tenor. The Choir has been directed by George Attarian and Nick Strimple, and is currently under the direction of Jennifer Kelly. In February of 1999, Mr. Dosaj's overture The Surrender at Appomattox, won the 5th Annual Valley Symphony Orchestra Composition Competition.
Requiem
Period:Modernism
Composed in:1999
Musical form:mass
Text/libretto:Latin mass
Label(s):own release, see: http://www.devdosaj.com/devssite5.htm
This requiem is for full choir with small orchestra. It includes:
- Introit
- Kyrie
- Offertorium
- Sanctus
- Pie Jesu
- Agnus Dei
- Lux Aeterna
- Libera Me
- In Paradisum
Written between the summer of 1998 and March of 1999. The Requiem is scored for two flutes, two clarinets, two French horns, two trumpets, oboe, timpani, percussion, strings and choir. It was premiered on February 6, 2000 at the Hall of Liberty, Forest Lawn by the Premier Chamber Chorale conducted by Terry Danne.