David Duvall - Composer, Arranger, Orchestrations, Theatre music, Musical Director, Conductor

COMPOSER / LYRICIST

As a commissioned composer I can create anything you need. I am fluent in just about every musical genre, and am most often asked for musical satire or "sound alikes" - which were featured heavily in my scores for The Conciliation Project productions. When composing for myself I tend toward blendings of R & B, rock and latin jazz, having been heavily influenced by Cole Porter, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Antonio Carlos Jobim. My personal lyrics are in the "literate" style of writers like Diane Warren, the Bergmans, Janis Ian, Carole Bayer Sager and Johnny Mercer.

As a lyricist-for-hire I can create a song from a journal entry, a monologue, verse or however you choose to express yourself. I have adapted works of Shakespeare - prose, verse and sonnets to every conceivable musical style; set melodies to translated verse by Brecht and Moliere; and adapted the Psalm translations of Eugene H. Peterson to contemporary pop songs. One of my collaborators from years ago would write lyrics to existing songs that felt the way he thought the "moment" should feel, not tell me what the song was he used as a template, then I would compose to his lyrics. There are any number of ways to make it work!

TELEVISION SHOWS COMPOSED/ORCHESTRATED

GRAHAM KERR'S GATHERING PLACE  (PBS)

RAINIER: THE MOUNTAIN  (KCTS)

VAUDEVILLE: An American Masters Special  (PBS)

THINGS THAT AREN'T HERE ANYMORE   (KCTS) - [Emmy Nomination]

REAL LIFE - Scholastic Video Series (24 episodes)

DEATH: THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME  (PBS)

SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS  (KINGTV Movie) - [Emmy Award]

COOKING WITH NICK STELLINO (PBS)

THEATRE PRODUCTIONS COMPOSED

Full Musicals:

The Conciliation Project:

       YELLOW FEVER: The Internment

       GENOCIDE TRAIL: A Holocaust Unspoken

       uncle tom deconstructed

MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE!

DON'T EAT THE COLESLAW (World Premiere - Moscow, Russia)

THE FOUR FACES OF LOVE (co-composer)

WE DON'T TALK ABOUT IT

WHERE IS NORMA JEAN?

HOLIDAY (unproduced)

Love, WILL


Revues:

THE LADIES WITH A SONG (Special Material)

HOPES, DREAMS AND PAYCHECKS (Contributing Composer)

DÉJÀ VU - ALL OVER AGAIN (Contributing Composer)

NEW WORLD SYMPLICITY

CARDS (Contributing Composer)


Plays with Music:

AS YOU LIKE IT

THE LION IN WINTER

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

THE MUSICAL COMEDY MURDERS OF 1940


Incidental Music:

CHARLEY'S AUNT

THE GLASS MENAGERIE

LOVE'S LABOURS LOST

OF MICE AND MEN

PICNIC

PLAY STRINDBERG

ROMEO AND JULIET

THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH

TEN LITTLE INDIANS

WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?

RECORDINGS COMPOSED FOR

HAVE YOURSELF A DIVALYCIOUS CHRISTMAS (8 songs)   Divalycious

IN THE BEGINNINGS - David Duvall

INTO THE BLUE - David Duvall

MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE (a.k.a. The Psalm Cantata) - David Duvall & Friends

MY HEART SINGS - Marlene Anderson

WHO WILL BELIEVE MY VERSE IN TIME TO COME? - David Duvall

THE JOURNEY IS THE DESTINATION - David Duvall

OBSERVATION & COMMENTARY - David Duvall

OCCASIONAL SPELLS OF CLARITY - David Duvall

Samples

Vocal:

THE WAY CHRISTMAS USED TO BE
from "Have Yourself A Divalycious Christmas"
(vocal: Deneen Grant)

BOUNCING BACK BABY
from "DEATH: Trip Of A Lifetime"
(vocal: Valerie Piacenti [lead], Jayne Muirhead, JoAnne Klein)

DECEMBER'S BARENESS EVERYWHERE
from "Who Will Believe My Verse In Time To Come?"
(vocal: Karen Oleson)

DON'T BE AFRAID
from "Have Yourself A Divalycious Christmas"
(vocal: Divalycious)

IT WAS A LOVER AND HIS LASS
from "As You Like It"
(vocal: Stacie Calkins)

HE GUARDS YOU NOW, HE GUARDS YOU ALWAYS
from "Make A Joyful Noise"
(vocal: David Duvall)

DON'T LOSE A MINUTE
from "Make A Joyful Noise"
(vocal: Deneen Grant)

COUNT YOURSELF LUCKY
from "Make A Joyful Noise"
(vocal: Deneen Grant and Gospel Choir)

TAKE ALL MY LOVES
from "Who Will Believe My Verse In Time To Come?"
(vocal: Eric Brotherson)

 

Instrumental:

DEATH: The Trip Of A Lifetime - Main Theme
from "DEATH: The Trip Of A Lifetime"

"FOR CAROLE" RAG
from "VAUDEVILLE: An American Masters Special"

SAILING THE SOUND
from "Things That Aren't Here Anymore"

FISH LADDER
from "VideoDiscovery Series"

IN THE GARDEN
from "VideoDiscovery Series"

PSALM 23
from "Make A Joyful Noise"

COMPOSER CLIENT LIST

Marlene Anderson

James Caddell

Laurie Clothier

The Conciliation Project

Sheldon Craig

Divalycious

Heartsong Institute

Brittany D. Henderson

KCTSTelevision

Graham Kerr

KINGTV

Christine MacNeal

Mountain View Presbyterian Church

Jayne Muirhead

Greg Palmer (Producer)

Tacoma Little Theatre

ENDORSEMENTS

"In 1990 I was commissioned by PBS to produce, write and host an international documentary series on the wide variety of societal responses to grief, dying and death around the world. This was an extremely complex and difficult project, more than three years in production. One of the most artistically challenging aspects was the musical score, which required a stylistic and thematic cohesion throughout the four programs while accompanying and enhancing indigenous music from many different religions and cultures, including the Ashanti of Ghana, Southern American black gospel, Western European classical, Zen Buddhist, and the sometimes sad, sometimes sprightly funereal music of the Irish, Mexicans, Chinese, Indians, Native Americans, Japanese, Israelis, Welsh, Maori, Australian Bungalung, and many others. Because of an extremely successful collaboration with DAVID DUVALL on a previous project, he was hired as the composer for Death: The Trip of a Lifetime. Working with a limited budget, Mr. Duvall created (and mostly performed) a score that was brilliant in meeting our objectives. Death was first broadcast internationally in 1993, and has been seen hundreds of times since, always to acclaim.

Because of his great success with the Death project, I subsequently hired Mr. Duvall to compose the score for Vaudeville: An American Masters Special, which I conceived, wrote and produced. Here the challenge was to create incidental music that would link film clips of almost 90 different vaudeville acts, ranging from 1898 to 1944 and from dancing bears to Burns & Allen; in other words, new music that was cohesive for the entire two-hour program but still fit the period and style of the disparate vaudeville acts. Again Mr. Duvall's work was outstanding; his knowledge of and sensitivity to musical history, as well as his musicianship, are unparalleled and exactly what the program needed. In 1997, Vaudeville was named one of the ten outstanding television programs of the year, and the best variety special, by People Magazine. It also garnered the largest audience to that time of any American Masters presentation.

David Duvall is a brilliant composer, a great artist who is also easy to work with, fast on his keys, and dedicated to the task at hand. I cannot recommend him highly enough. "

- Greg Palmer, Emmy-winning Writer/Producer

"I've had the pleasure of singing David's origial compositions for over 20 years. He creates moods and evokes rich emotions with his melodies and lyrics. Admittedly, some of his songs are so poignant and perfectly focused they are difficult to sing, which is exactly why they must be performed! He understands human nature so well and captures all the longing, dreaming, pain and joy. "

- Laurie Clothier, vocalist