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Frank La Rocca

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Frank La Rocca


Frank La Rocca (b. 1951, New Jersey) is an American composer.

Dr. La Rocca studied at Yale (Bachelor of Arts degree, 1973, cum laude) and the University of California at Berkley (Master of Arts degree, 1976 and Ph.D. degree, 1981 in music). His early musical experiences ranged from the study of classical piano to playing electric keyboards in a variety of rock and blues bands. He began composing at the age of 14, and took his first formal composition and theory courses at Yale.

Trained as an academic modernist, La Rocca came to see this approach as a barrier to authentic musical expression, and spent many years in search of a personal creative language. His catalog includes works in all genres, with an emphasis on a cappella sacred choral works. At a recent University of Notre Dame conference, La Rocca presented a talk entitled "The Apologetics of Beauty: a Musical Theology of the Incarnation, "based upon his choral work O Magnum Mysterium.

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