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N E W MUSIC COMPOSITIONS by COLIN B R A D L E Y PRIDY B A . Hns., Dalhousie University, 2001 A THESIS SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF M A S T E R OF MUSIC IN COMPOSITION in THE F A C U L T Y OF G R A D U A T E STUDIES (School of Music) THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH C O L U M B I A October 2004 © Colin Bradley Pridy, 2004 ABSTRACT The Thesis for the Master of Music in Composition degree at the University of British Columbia consists of a recital or recital(s) of original works composed during graduate study. Candidates are expected to have written for the recital(s) approximately 45 minutes to one hour of music for various media. The following compositions were performed on January 31, 2003; April 7, 2003; October 18, 2003; February 26, 2004; March 5, 2004; March 8, 2004; April 5, 2004; April 23, 2004, and April 28, 2004. iii T A B L E O F C O N T E N T S Abstract 1 1 Table of Contents iii Acknowledgements 1 V COMPOSITION 1 Five Expressions of a Nearby God 1 I. Wait and Trust 3 Text by Margaret Penner Toews II. The Old Man 12 Text by George Johnston III. The Cross-Grained Tree 20 Text by Fred Cogswell IV. Prayer for the Living 23 Text by George Whalley V. God's Answer to a Psalmist 30 Text by Kenneth Leslie COMPOSITION 2 Silica Cascadia 39 COMPOSITION 3 Cakewalk 107 COMPOSITION 4 The Royal Decree 135 I. Arrival Fanfare 136 II. King and Queen Beloved 138 III. The 1st Annual Monarch Appreciation Day 140 COMPOSITION 5 Three Kicks for Saxophone Quartet 143 Program Notes 144 I. Deco Jibe 145 II. On the Rocks 154 III. Funk Assimilation 158 COMPOSITION 6 Lullaby 167 COMPOSITION 7 Versus I 172 COMPOSITION 8 Versus II 176 Bibliography 180 A C K N O W L E D G E M E N T S I would like to acknowledge the contributions of the following individuals and organizations; without their support, the completion and performance of the works contained herein would not have been possible: Don, Charlotte, Jeff, and Stacey Pridy Constance Yorke and Margaret Yorke Sarah Jane Knowles Dr. Stephen Chatman Dr. Keith Hamel Giorgio Magnanensi Dr. Dennis Farrell Dr. John Roeder Dr. Wil l iam Benjamin Dr. Alex Fisher Yvonne Gillespie * Daniel Pain Julia Nolan Christine Davies Lena Cuglietta Hol ly DeCaigny Matthew Goddard Mijke Rhemtulla Ryan McNa l ly Larry Nickel Timothy Pickett Yue l Yawney A l l of my colleagues and friends at Green College (2003-2004) Green College at The University of British Columbia The R. Howard Webster Foundation The Nova Scotia Talent Trust The U B C School of Music Contemporary Players Ensemble (2003-2004) The Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 2278 The Staff and Congregation of University Chapel and my Lord Jesus Christ and many others. Five Expressions of a Nearby God for Mezzo-Soprano and Pianoforte on Canadian poetry by Margaret Penner Toews George Johnston Fred Cogswell George Whalley and Kenneth Leslie © Colin Pridy 2002 dedicated to Sarah Jane Knowles also drawn near Wait and Trust Text by Margaret Penner Toews earnestly J = 88 Mezzo-Soprano Piano Colin Pridy pedal freely, except where marked 9 nfp "P^ E S * » Vp you? j . rTnT^ = 1 i 1 1 p r f Tan ynn . — . 1 _ *> 7 J J \,i y J ^ J ^ J : J i J j j , . , J J ^  A 1 J J J k. 1  The Old Man 12 l i s > J h- 4 1 J * — 4h (fo 4 » ^ ^ 4 -1 D \\A 1 — Light has left him blind ed, 21 O <> -6-o o 4 8 >''T r is ~m m m » He gropes a - bout to find 24 H i the 1j# 7137 <>. 26 / * V * — . — -5 i m km 1 0 ^~ r ' r r -4 ¥ "1 dark he came out of, But all darks are 26 1 mf j 1 7337 O . 17 intenso 35 J = 80 *' l;p p ^  p r ^ p> r> I see him eve - r y - where I look 3 In me or out o f con pedale ad lib. con pussione ff 42 • ' = 1 8 6 each measure "in one" con pedale ad lib. For - give this Tempo I 20 The Cross-Grained Tree Text by Fred Cogswel l • slow and achy J = 46 C o l i n Pridy smoothly, ominously 23 Prayer for the Living E3E £ tip p we know not what we do. We - know if con pedale ad lib. f TTVp (ah)_ -(0 m. Un - hat - ing, articulate severely we work through the pas - sion - less pre - ci - sion_ o f S 3 senza pedale 28 45 dark ness,_ de - stroy - ing_ 3 -r r r r ^ tlJ J J J- ma 29 ff 47 3fe P' 1ft P ^ that we not be de stroyed. 47 m r tti» r ; 3 cm H i J J I ik 1 n=n 2 50 ff molto allargando f F o r - g i v e us. For we know not what we do.. molto allargando 30 God's Answer to a Psalmist Text by Kenneth Leslie up-tempo funky blues 100 ; shorten J to J C o l i n Pridy d » unless marked ezzo-Sopre Piano 1 Si - Iii J ; shorten J to «^ unless marked J ; shorten J to » unless marked > > > 3E 5E / mm > > 2 J1 > # R>L- L - H k t u l i I > sempre non vibrato except for notes o or longer I f 31 allargando ff HZ* wide - eyed, 33 > in - tense_ to > , i > -watch my myr allargando^ iad col - oured quasi ff > 5 subilo a tempo A5 i> TWp m o balls, subito a tempo 35 leggiero i 5 m a o r o 38 p r r i% _ a child to cup his c h i n . and won - der 38 f 1 r r r rj* r i t c r > J j f J r 56 m, 3E So,. "what is M a n , 56 Q 3=JE o: > Fa> * ff m. > k ) ( i p r r * 1^ 60 your psalm-is t cries, "That 1 a m _ mind - ful of . 1 J l Kl 4 * 72 / • • —m- J J y n since time be - gan A n d when 1 plucked his shin - ing face 72 O <> 3 = i 7 , 37 Co l i n Pridy SILICA CASCADIA for Large Chamber Ensemble ©Col in Pridy 2004 Instrumentation Flute Sop rano Saxophone in Bb C la r ine t in Bb Bassoon Ho rn in F Trumpet in C Tenor T r ombone Tuba P iano So lo V io l i n So lo V io l a So lo Ce l l o So lo Bass Score in C A l l staves notated at sound ing pitch 41 S C O R E I N C SILICA CASCADIA for Large Chamber Ensemble W i t h dynamism J = 132 Colin Pridy Bb Soprano Saxophone Chir incl in Bb C Trumpet Tuba Solo Solo Viola Solo Solo Buss / / > f mp / Colin Pridy 2004 42 45 49 25 FI. Bb S. Sax. Bb CI. mp mf mp mf Bsn. mf F H n . CTpt . mf 3EE 1 ? = Tbn. Vln. Via. 1 1 V mf Vc. fc 55 57 58 66 71 73 74 75 83 84 85 89 91 92 93 95 98 99 mf 100 103 105 106 Cakewalk for String Quartet Full Score © Colin Pridy 2003 1( Cakewalk for String Quartet Intensely , w i t h m u c h e n e r g y J = 110 C o l i n P r i d v V i o l i n 1 V i o l i n 2 V i o l a C e l l o V l n . 1 V l n . 2 V i a . V i c . © Colin Pridy 2003 109 110 Ill 112 113 V l n . arco > V l n . 2 3£± : arco > > V i a . V i c V l n . 1 m V l n . 2 V i a . 1 1 > 'tr-V i c . 114 115 116 V l n . I V l n . 2 ff 7 ? 7 | l p E P 7 * fi? 7 f I III mp f JVr r mf p - 7 - 7 -li ff p mp mf p pizz. a 7 H r * 7 V i a . ff f P 7 \ 1 E = p = ¥ V i c . . V H / pom. > w V l n . I •3 -9 -™P f mf P mf p Sill pom. mp I 1 ? ' 7 J ' 7 V l n . 2 *3 mp mp f > > _ ^ f mf P mf p V i a . l)J : 7 J: 7 V i c . 7 7 >—F 1^ mp P mf 117 .it j £ i > m. oixh > m m mf I S ^ 7 f "f mf arco sul pom. ni. ord. > f arco > I V l n . 1 ^ ' i f f V l n . 2 V i a . V i c . / / 118 >_ _ > 3 E £ > 7(7- <tr> > i V l n . 1 V l n . 2 V i a . V i c . 119 120 Em m > V l n . 1 g ^ LJ 7 ft V l n . 2 I i 7 u 7 * p V i a . t 7 j; 7 ft J S V i c . 3E3E mf P V l n . 1 - a mf P ™f ™P f ™P ff V l n . 2 / 7 ? vltr > 3 > > V i a . ^ mf mp f [5 7 y 7 7 ™2> .//' V i c . mm • 1 > > > / > > / mf / / i l l * 1 mf 121 122 . V I / / /Mill. 123 124 V l n . 1 V l n . 2 V i a . V i c . 125 126 127 1 V l n . 1 pp V l n . 2 -i P PP V i a . m E E PP V i c . ^ 3 130 131 •tr-* V l n . 1 mp V l n . 2 V i a . m — * — 7 i* P > fZ==-mp f tr-> tr-ff f tr > fen > > > mp f V i c . \ x mp ™P f j? f 132 133 134 h h V l n . I pizz. fff ^ fff ^ fff® fff tfp-> > > > > V l n . 2 1= > # > ff > ff fff fff fff , > > > > > b V i a . E E > > > > / I f ™P~=Lff V i c . Duration: 5'40" - 6' .///' .// fff ff fff ff > > fff sfP 135 Colin Pridy "THE %py!AL <DECRfEE A Tuba Solo in Three Movements © Colin Pridy 2004 136 THE ROYAL DECREE Tuba Solo I. A r r i v a l F a n f a r e Pompous ( J = 88 ) 1 - I * — 1 | | - V _ 1 3 ! ? I —i * y ^J^ r > y 4 ' i f ? J 35 > f #—i m— 0 1 M i 4 • q ) « i — i ? ? -4-4V i i > - 8 -. ^ 4- =S=tJ I , \ 7 V dH i — w — • q* , — —t— * ? — * ? — t —^*-fc— 11 a , ^ -« -tt > f > TO/ IS - - 4 » „ "8 n 1 T T -— • 1—• L - J - v — 1 ^*-fnJ-> Colin Pridy 2004 The Royal Decree I. Arrival Fanfare 137 3.5 With finality > > i): « • , 3 •i 1 ri >> f. - - - - A Tempo J' P m m m * t > --4 ? u r p'? 11 138 II. King and Queen Beloved Expressively; freely; rubato J =78-82 Colin Pridy fc): 4 i—1 *r> m — i L •' * J J r r r ^  / 7 ~Pf P « * 9* * J — 3C A Tempo 9 rf= r m. * _ -m^—| m—; -'r f r ' 1 • m \ f 1 3 j C o c o a c c e / . - - - - - - - - - rallentando - - - - - A Tempo -4*1 r— i — p — u 1 i — « —i+i - • • -* -« * 4J— stringendo A Tempo; Climactic 139 The Royal Decree II. King and Queen Beloved molto rit. 20 W i t h joy accel. - -0 ± ; 1 « > 4 . = - / w 1 J ^ ' 1 now relaxing P rallentando 30 . — — J -i * m-a J - i kJr M r — i — 1 ' J1' ' : 41 r J) ' 1 h ^ 1 Tempo I , — 1 i 9 •/ : J J i $ m \ — J I T f P1 A 4 J - 7 ^ 4 = ^ - J \>d J J -L rit. 140 The 1 st Annual Monarch Appreciation Day! Thoroughly adulatory J = 1 *>: 4 i 38+ Colin P ridy 5 - ^ — h — L mf 4 r j 7 H p — ^ — i — i •/ 11 nh > T T 5 ^ if FT I FT | W = i / 1 V . J 4 0 i • ; J m P > f—*—fl 5-i >-j»— m 1 - ^1 -5 ' 4 \>* J I W PA 1—J — ^ 3 4-/ ^4> PTt,r -5- r > — 4! ^ •< T"*F i? ±4^ 1-5- J S— 4— - 7 4 — 4 If* The Royal Decree III. The 1st Annual Monarch Appreciation Day 141 23 fc): 4 I H i J HTT^ g g ? y j ftj ;||J JII' J E *£g r r i r\t i1W i J j y ' z g z = _ 27 _ 4 ^ P S Happily subjugated fc)-j t r r r n > > 4> i n i r 7 a u > ' i * J J T ' 1 ^ / .. molto rit. 37 -¥ J • l—L ^ 1 - « -m — J • -4 > = / > With royal satisfaction accel. - - - - - - A Tempo 40 — - 4 ^ 4 I T - ^ ii # 1 Fn=F • A - 1 — i < b*1 —• 142 The Royal Decree III. The 1st Annual Monarch Appreciation Day 43 Jlj t* ttf IP i hrkfl J~] l i { J^lJJiiJ J H ^ ' CJ I M * • m 772, 46 > > > > > / > 50 > > -5-1 4= \i-i^ * i ^ k i i n molto rail. 56 A Tempo (but a little more quickly) Celebratory > rr )rTP 32* > > accel. - - - - - - - - - - - Presto (but well-marked) ff > Commissioned by the UBC Saxophone Quartet for their appearance at The 2004 Biennial North American Saxophone Alliance Conference April 28 - May 1, 2004 The University of North Carolina at Greensboro Colin Pridy Three Kicks for Saxophone Quartet I. Deco Jibe II. On the Rocks III. Funk Assimilation © Colin Pridy 2004 144 Program Notes I. Deco Jibe "Art Deco" acquired its name in 1925 at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs in Paris. Characterized by geometric balance, simplicity, and elegance of design, Art Deco came to represent modernity, speed, technology, and prosperity. Before long, its influence could be seen almost everywhere, from the visual arts and architecture to the furniture and automobile designs of the period 1920-1939. The Art Deco period coincided with the Swing Era, Gershwin, Neo-Classicism and at least a decade's worth of films from the Golden Age of Hollywood. "Deco Jibe" captures my personal impressions of that time period in musical form. To whatever degree this musical expression has been coloured by modern sensibilities, the end result remains a " j i b e " , or " k i c k " at the modern notion of stylistic novelty in music at all costs. This is also fun music, however; a reminiscence of a simplified past . . . and something I think we can all get a kick out of. II. On the Rocks A man sits in the furthest corner of a dark, smoke-fil led nightclub, hunched over yet another drink. His hair is disheveled; he needs a shave. There are dark circles under his bleary eyes. His thoughts are indistinct; he can't find his wallet just now. A search begins with the uncoordinated movement of his arm. His drink spreads swiftly and evenly across the table in front of him. Abstractedly, he notes that the ice cubes travel the furthest. The answers he needs elude him. Presently, he can only remember one thing: Shalimar, by Guerlain. His vision blurs; he blinks rapidly and calls sharply for another drink. "Kicked in the teeth , " he mumbles. He shakes his head and winces, regretting the movement. III. Funk Assimilation As a composer, I always have an ear open to the sounds around me. When I was an undergraduate in Halifax (Nova Scotia, Canada), several friends of mine played in a very popular funk/soul band. What a fantastic sound! The group played regularly to large, enthusiastic crowds. This was my first substantial exposure to this genre of music-making and when the opportunity to write for saxophone quartet came a few years later, I simply couldn't resist the chance to "assimilate" some of the flavour of funk into the palette of styles and techniques I want to develop as a composer. Or put another way: I wanted this music to kick it! 145 SCORE Three Kicks for Saxophone Quartet I. Deco Jibe Brightly, tongue-in-cheek . . . J = 126 Colin Pridy Soprano S; / -f A Tempo poco rit Colin Pridy 2004 1 46 147 148 149 151 152 153 154 II. On the Rocks On the rocks, with a slice of lemon . . . J = 82; rubato Colin Pridy poco rit. - -p -A* - = p — ===== L J |L 1 1 1 r r r j 1 r ~ — \ • it* * * A Tempo mp - = m f ' p 156 Melancholic mp — = = ^ I Z Z Z Z mf -~====^Z f mf Z I I I ^ Z I Z Z ^ Z I ^ ^ z z z r z = = = — mp With renewed emotion 157 158 III. Funk Assimilation Funky. A n d well-marked J = 120+ C o l i n Pr idy Soprano Sax. Al to Sax. Tenor Sax. Baritone Sax. S. Sx. A . Sx. . Sx. \>0 I.J. > - — > i i 90 — £ _t C 0 0 . Sx. Groove S. Sx. A . Sx. T. Sx. B . S x . 159 161 Continuous 162 163 S. Sx. A. Sx. T. Sx. B. Sx. mf mf mf mf iJ5 i / r r f r . Groove > > •Hr > > T->—f r > / > ' 9 r > > ' > r ^ H J! > »' r i r" > 164 165 Lullaby for Solo Piano © Colin Pridy 2003, 2004 A. A. A A 170 47 m h 7 m 1 3 h7 7 i s Bp _A _^ 51 Tempo I =f= TO/ — r f > ritenuto legato accompagnato V \ — a ; / / pcdale ad lib. _ A A _ 55 - t f c - r ^ — ; — 4r — , * r» — , _ i » — r r —m— * B — f — \-' Mi Jl^z — < • • Versus I for Solo Piano © Colin Pridy 2004 173 Versus I Colin Pridy Presto, - Freely J = c. 124" 174 Versus I Presto Versus I A J Versus II for Solo Piano © Colin Pridy 2004 177 Versus II 178 Versus II 179 Versus II Agitated J = 100 { 8 v a r , B I B L I O G R A P H Y Cogswell, Fred. "The Cross-Grained Tree." Christian Poetry in Canada. Edited by David Kent. Toronto: E C W Press, 1989, 127. Johnston, George. "The Old Man . " Christian Poetry in Canada. Edited by David Kent. Toronto: E C W Press, 1989, 115. Leslie, Kenneth. "God's Answer to a Psalmist." Christian Poetry in Canada. Edited by David Kent. Toronto: E C W Press, 1989, 73. Toews, Margaret Penner. "Wait and Trust." First a Fire. Abbotsford, B . C . : by Milton and Margaret Toews, 1993. Whalley, George. "Prayer for the L iv ing . " Christian Poetry in Canada. Edited by David Kent. Toronto: E C W Press, 1989, 120. 

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