Tastefully Yours (2002), Ruth Radin

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Tastefully Yours (2002), Ruth Radin
Year of Composition: 2002     Composed for the ASQ
Our Daily Bread
Simmering Soup
Mint Iced Tea
Stir Fry

Composer Biography

1938 —

RUTH Y. RADIN was born in 1938 in Hartford, Connecticut. She studied piano growing up and at Connecticut College majored in music, with an emphasis on composition. She left music in a formal sense after graduation, married, got her Masters in Education and became an elementary school teacher. Later, as a stay-at-home mom in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, she started writing children's books. To date, she has had ten published - picture books, for which she writes the text, and middle grade novels. In 1997, after having spent years doing other things, she felt impelled to return to her musical roots. She began studying with composer Paul Salerni at Lehigh University who, along with other music faculty, cheered her on. In addition to works for saxophone, she has composed pieces for flute, clarinet, piano, strings and percussion. Connecting her literary life with her musical life, she has also set some of her poems to music.

Composition Notes

"Tastifully Yours offers a musical taste of appealing foods that provoke
emotional responses as well as provide nourishment and refreshment. Our
Daily Bread has a spiritual quality, bringing to mind basic truths. Simmering
Soup is full of comfort and happiness. Mint Iced Tea is a peaceful pause in a
busy day with 'minty' harmonies. Stir Fry, imitates the chopping of ingredi-
ents and ends with the feeling that a new entity has been created. Of course,
this is just the thought process I used in composing. Most of all, the music
must please our ears and psyche, not our taste buds." — Ruth Radin