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G R A D U A T E RECITALS T O N Y JAMES SHEPPARD B.Mus., Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1993 A THESIS SUBMITTED IN P A R T I A L F U L F I L L M E N T OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE D E G R E E OF M A S T E R OF MUSIC (SAXOPHONE) in T H E F A C U L T Y OF G R A D U A T E STUDIES (School of Music) We accept this thesis as conforming to the required standard THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH C O L U M B I A March 1995 © Tony James Sheppard, 1995 In presenting this thesis in partial fulfilment of the requirements for an advanced degree at the University of British Columbia, I agree that the Library shall make it freely available for reference and study. I further agree that permission for extensive copying of this thesis for scholarly purposes may be granted by the head of my department or by his or her representatives. It is understood that copying or publication of this thesis for financial gain shall not be allowed without my written permission. Department of The University of British Columbia Vancouver, Canada Date IAg^ <? / qS DE-6 (2/88) T H E UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH C O L U M B I A SCHOOL OF MUSIC Recital Hail Saturday. March 26th. 1994 8:00 p.m. MASTERS STUDENT RECITAL* TONY SHEPPARD, Saxophone Deuxieme Sonata. BWV 1031 (1715-1725) Allegro moderato Sicilienne Allegro J.S. Bach (1685-1750) trans, by Ulmar Gateau Susan Greenway. piano Improvisation I (1972) Ryo Noda (b. 1948) Tableaux de Provence (1954-1959) Faranduolo Di Chatouno Canson Per Ma Mio La Boumiano Dis Alyscamps L'amo Sou Spire Lou Cabridan Susan Greenway. piano Paule Maurice (1910-1967) - INTERMISSION Berceuse Megumi Otani. piano J. Ed Barat (1882-1963) Improvisation II (1973) Ryo Noda Improvisation III (1974) Ryo Noda Concertino in E° tor Alto Saxophone and Piano (1934) Alexander Glazounov (1865-1936) Megumi Otani. piano * In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Music degree with a major in Saxophone. Reception to follow in the Faculty Lounge. PROGRAMME NOTES: Deuxieme Sonata, BWV 1031 The Deuxieme Sonata was originally written for (lute sometime between 1715 and 1725. Many scholars believe that this sonata was not actually written by Bach at all or that it was tailored by a later unknown composer. The sonata is recognized as one of the most popular sonatas in the flute repertoire and its three movements convey an overall spirit of brightness and vivaciousness. Improvisation I, II and III Ryo Noda is one of the most well known Japanese composers of the 20th century. Improvisation 1 for unaccompanied saxophone was written as a dedication to the legendary French saxophonist Jean-Marie Londieux. It was premiered by Londieux himself in Toronto in 1972. Improvisation II and III followed in 1973 and 1974 respectively and these were first performed in Bordeaux. France. Noda's style is a fusion of avant-garde woodwind techniques such as multiphonics and microtones with the Japanese shakuhachi style of cutting tones and abrupt cadences. Tableaux de Provence Tableaux de Provence is the only piece on tonight's program that was written by a female composer. The piece was written for famous saxophonist Marcel Mule. The five movements depict the richness and sensitivity of the southern "Provence" region of France. Concertino in for Alto Saxophone and Piano Alexander Glazounov was highly regarded among Russian composers as a composer of neo-romantic music. The style of this piece is no exception. It was written in 1934 for the famous saxophonist. Sigurd Rascher. The concerto was composed as a single movement but closer examination reveals three movements which are joined together. T H E UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA SCHOOL OF MUSIC Recital Hall Saturday, March 25, 1995 8:00 p.m. MASTERS STUDENT RECITAL* TONY SHEPPARD, Saxophone & Stephen Smith, Piano with Special Guest Colin Macdonald, Saxophone Divertimento for Saxophone and Piano (1964) Allegro ma non Troppo Andante Presto Roger Boutry (b. 1932) Mai pour Saxophone Alto Seul (1975) Ryo Noda (b. 1948) Sonata for Eb Alto Saxophone and Piano, Op. 19 (1939) With Vigor With Tranquility With Gaiety Paul Creston (1906-1985) - INTERMISSION Sonata in G major (ca. 1743) Grave Allegro Adagio Allegro Molto Giovanni Platti (1690-1763) Music for Two Alto Saxophones (1989) Game Lament Canon Shadows Stephen Chatman (b. 1950) Liebesfreud (Love's Joy) Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) trans, by Jaskha Gurewich * In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Music degree with a major in Saxophone. Reception to follow in the Faculty Lounge. PROGRAM NOTES: Divertimento for Saxophone and Piano (1964) Roger Boutry studied composition with Nadia Boulenger at the Paris Conservatory. He completed his studies in 1954 and eventually won the Prix de Rome competition with one of his cantatas. His style is heavily influenced by Ravel and Debussy and is known for its deeply expressive melodies. Mai pour Saxophone Alto Seul (1975) Ryo Noda is a Japanese-American composer who has written many unique pieces for saxophone. This piece is programmatic and is accompanied by a brief story called The Battle of the Sea. At dusk of an autumn night, the moon reflects the silver light on the surface of the waves. General Kiyotsun Taira plays the flute. Standing at the helm he seizes a knife and cuts of his braid of hair which falls to his feet, and then he disappears into the shadows. At the moment of his demise, the ghost of a Samurai appears. His wife's voice asks "Why did you leave?". He replies "I knew the battle was lost, so I saved the lives of my men and their families". "And me." she says, "did you think of me?". Sonata for Eb Alto Saxophone and Piano, Op. 19 (1939) Paul Creston was an American composer who decided on a career in music composition at age 26. He had no formal training in theory and composition aside from what he learned in sporadic piano and organ lessons. The keystone of Creston's style was'rhythm. He frequently used irregular subdivisions of regular meters. An example of this occurs in the third movement where the main theme is written in 2/4 time but sounds like it is in 5/8 meter. Sonata in G major (ca. 1743) This piece by Italian composer Giovanni Platti was originally written for flute. It was transcribed for soprano saxophone by Eugene Rousseau. Music for Two Alto Saxophones (1989) Stephen Chatman is currently a Professor of Composition at the University of British Columbia School of Music. This duet was commissioned by the Canada Council for saxophonists David Branter and Julia Nolan in 1989. Liebesfreud (Love's Joy) Fritz Kriesler was an Austrian born violinist and composer. He was notorious for crediting other composers with works that he had composed himself. Liebesfreud was accepted by musicologists for over twenty years as a transcription of a Viennese waltz by Joseph Lanner. This hoax was so convincing that when Kreisler confessed it as being his own music, musicologists accused him of trying to steal credit from Lanner. 

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