A Song in My Heartby Roma Calatayud-Stocks
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Alejandra Stanford is born into a privileged bicultural family in Minneapolis of 1902. Growing up, she and her artistic family experience the intermingling of American, Mexican, and European cultural influences, as well as national events that challenge their lives; yet, Alejandra finds music is the perfect expression of her own artistic inclinations, emotions, and ambitions.
As a young pianist and budding composer, she is affected by Minnesota's musical pioneers and resolves to become an orchestral conductor despite the obstacles. Alejandra travels to the great cities of the world in pursuit of her dreams. Along the way, she will meet two men who are her match in ideals and intellect. Ultimately, it is the passion for music and love which guide, inspire, and determine Alejandra's destiny.
History and fiction converge impeccably in this historical novel infused with music, art, and romance, creating a compelling first installment to the A Song in My Heart trilogy.
Meet the Author
Roma Calatayud-Stocks is an author and songwriter. With bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Minnesota and additional studies at MacPhail Center for Music and the University of St. Thomas, she turned to a professional career in music and historical fiction writing.
In 1998, she recorded her original compositions and released her debut album Carnival of Life. In 2002, Calatayud-Stocks was the creator, artistic director, and producer of Latin Renaissance, a fundraiser for the Minnesota Orchestra Volunteer Association. The concert, at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, showcased the music of Latin composers since the nineteenth-century to the present.
A Song in My Heart, which includes a CD with an original musical score, is Calatayud-Stocks's debut historical novel and the literary and musical realization of many years of study, research, composition, and artistry. The musical score, with fourteen songs and instrumentals with classical, jazz, and Latin influences, to A Song in My Heart was composed by Roma Calatayud-Stocks and arranged and performed by Chan Poling and other excellent musicians who are listed in the book.
A Song in My Heart was published in 2011; and it is the first installment of a trilogy.
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