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COMPOSITIONS by ELIZABETH JOANNA KNUDSON BFA- Music, Simon Fraser University, 2004 A THESIS SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF MUSIC in THE FACULTY OF GRADUATE STUDIES (Composition) THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA April 2006 © Elizabeth Joanna Knudson, 2006 ABSTRACT This thesis consists of scores of original works composed during the past two years at the University of British Columbia. My compositions were performed on • November 22, 2004 ("Metro Gnomes": performance at UBC Recital Hall) • January 29, 2005 ("A Light exists in Spring": reading session- Phoenix Chamber Choir) • March 12, 2005 ("Ice Sculptures": workshop with Jeffrey Ryan- part of Sonic Boom Festival) • April 4, 2005 ("Ice Sculptures": performance at UBC Recital Hail) • April 16, 2005 ("A Light exists in Spring": performance- Phoenix Chamber Choir) • August 27, 2005 ("Mahogany": performance- Surface Tension: concert at Douglas College Theatre) • January 7, 2006 ("Theme for Pascale Boinot": recording session for soundtrack of a UBC student film) • January 18, 2006 ("La banqueroute": reading session- Chor Leoni Men's Choir) • March 17, 2006 ("In the Grass": performance at UBC Recital Hall- UBC Women's Choir) • March 19, 2006 ("Mahogany": performance at Sonic Boom Festival) • April 28-29, 2006 ("Theme for Pascale Boinot": screening at Empire Granville 7 Cinemas) ii TABLE OF CONTENTS Abstract ...ii Acknowledgements ...iv Dedication . . . V Metro Gnomes ...1 A Light exists in Spring ...13 Ice Sculptures ...37 Mahogany ...43 In the Grass ...57 Theme for Pascale Boinot ...83 La banqueroute ...87 iii ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS There have been so many people along the way who have encouraged me, shaped my life, taught me and inspired me. There are too many to mention by name, but my sincere thanks goes out to all of them. To my parents, Robert and Elinor, for their support in countless ways. To my former piano teacher, Marlyn Lowenberger for encouraging me to compose, and for being an inspiration and strong supporter of all my musical endeavors. To my cello teacher, Sue Round, for encouraging me, and for introducing me to much interesting 20th century repertoire. To Ian Hampton, for commissioning two pieces for cello. To David Maclntyre, Barry Truax, Keith Hamel, and all my other professors at Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia, for pushing me to do my best. To Wendy Brass Stuart, for her faith in my musical abilities. To Deanna Peluso and Heather Harty for friendship and support. To Alfredo Santa Ana, for technical support and help with Finale music notation software. To all of my friends, colleagues, and artistic collaborators—I have learned much from everyone. iv For my parents, Robert and Elinor, who have supported me the whole way, and for Madyn Rae Lowenberger (1945-2005) for encouraging me to compose, and for believing in me. v M E T R O G N O M E S for 4 celli ELIZABETH KNUDSON 1 duration: -4:00 (for Ian Hampton) © Elizabeth Knudson, 2004 m playfully Cello I Cello II Cello III Cello IV sul pont. (open D) p (Tap with fingers on body of cello, ne^ r bridge. Hold down C+G strings with other hand so they dont resonate) (knock softly on ~ back of cello) ^ Vc.I Vc. II Vc. Ill VC. IV (harmonics) mp 2 .7 Vc. I V e i l Vc. Ill Vc. IV O 0 0 o o *' U U' r » ' i' Lf L T Vc. I Veil Vc. Ill Vc. IV P i i f ttvp Vc. I Vc. II Vc. Ill Vc. IV mf • J* X X X — X — ™ o O O _E_____E__E__ u U' = ' u' L [ 11> LT LU C " 7P L'LTi) LI' U[ -4 mm $uss. Vc. I Vc. II Vc. I l l Vc. IV vtp mf •* mT *-7 ' ' J 1 1 1 - 1 -L J ' L T * i ' mp mf r r 7 p ^  P r r cJ r r L T P a> „ _ _ Vc. I Vc. II Vc. I l l Vc. IV mf \iwp mf v ,1 7»p p., A p mf __________ r r c J mp r r 7 p 7 p i mp 5 7 8 9 10 Vc. I Vc. II Vc. I l l Vc. IV Vc. I Vc. II Vc. I l l Vc. IV Ju t , r , j; _» J u 7 h= Jl> K , . L f ^ ' 7 J ' 7 7 * 71 » 7 * 7 JP=£ o — = mf A . ¥ — 1 l tr f¥.rr J | trr mp Lr U* J M , ,,»Jl ' * — mp * ' * ' J 1 ' * LI1 LTD mp J'f * ' i' LI LI'" r * i; r i U 'LTP r ' ' r lr * * r r * * r 11 Vc. I Vc. II Vc. I l l Vc. IV A L I G H T E X I S T S I N S P R I N G for SSAATTBB choir ELIZABETH KNUDSON (text by Emily Dickinson) 13 A Light exists in Spring A Light exists in Spring Not present on the Year At any other period-When March is scarcely here A Color stands abroad On Solitary Fields That Science cannot overtake But Human Nature feels. It waits upon the Lawn, It shows the furthest Tree Upon the furthest Slope you know It almost speaks to you. Then as Horizons step Or Noons report away Without the formula of sound It passes and we stay-Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) 14 A Light exists in Spring ration: -6:00 (for SSAATTBB choir) @ E | i z a b e t h K n u d s o n 2 0 0 4 I (text by Emily Dickinson) J=66 Soprano 1 Soprano 2 Alto 1 Alto 2 Tenor 1 Tenor 2 Bass 1 Bass 2 "NOTE: In any part singing "bell-like" sounds (such as "bong", 'bom", "bing", "ding, "ping", etc.) sustain the last consonant sound rather than sustaining the vowel. Also: the dynamics for the "bell-like" sounds are intended to be the dynamic of the attack; the bell sounds should begin to fade out after the attack. 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 Sci - ence Hu - man Na-ture That Sci - ence take But Hu - man feels 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 SJ a tempo tutti 31 32 It pas- ses and we It pas - ses and 33 34 35 36 ICE SCULPTURES for violin, cello, and marimba ELIZABETH KNUDSON 37 Vln. Vc. Mar. 38 39 senza vib. Vln. Vc. Mar. Vln. Vc. Mar. 40 42 MAHOGANY for 3 celli ELIZABETH KNUDSON 43 duration: ~ 8:00 1=132 V, M a h o g a m j for Sue Round and Ian Hampton Cello 1 Cello 2 Cello 3 Elizabeth Knudson, 2005 L (change bow as needed) Vc. 1 Vc. 2 Vc.3 (change bow as needed)! paz. mp Vc. 1 Vc. 2 Vc.3 44 Vc .3 45 46 Vc. 1 Vc. 2 Vc.3 P mp 3&= 47 48 49 Vc. 1 50 51 mp 52 53 54 55 150 Vc. 1 Vc. 2 Vc.3 6# fppig i « R f t , f 1 -I 1 P PP 56 IN THE GRASS for S S S A A A choir E L I Z A B E T H K N U D S O N (text by Ethelwyn Wetherald) 57 In the Grass Face downward on the grass in reverie, I found how cool and sweet Are the green blooms that often thoughtlessly I tread beneath my feet. In this strange mimic wood where grasses lean-Elf trees untouched of bark-I heard the hum of insects, saw the sheen Of sunlight framing dark, And felt with thoughts I cannot understand And know not how to speak, A daisy reaching up its little hand To lay it on my cheek. Ethelwyn Wetherald (1857-1940) 58 duration: ~6:30 -GO gently Inth^ Grass (for 6-part women's choir- SSSAAA) Soprano 1 Soprano 2 Soprano 3 Alto 1 Alto 2 Alto 3 > Elizabeth Knudson, 2005 (text by Ethelwyn Wetherald) 59 60 61 J3 62 63 S 1 S2 S3 A 1 A 2 A 3 ah . Gp o — .4 = • • - — / from 6 parts into 4 parts: 51 =S1 52 = S2 53 = S2 A1=A1 A2 = A1 A 3 = A 2 64 65 66 67 68 69 38 S 1 S2 mf a h . In this strange mi - mic wood. mf J 4 0 ? g mp mi - mic wood S3 mf mf A l A 2 ah. >>f\ In this strange mi - mic wood. mp I P S ! •0 ah. \ A 3 #\ \ J mi - mic wood from 4 parts into 6 parts: 51 = S1 52 = S2 S2 = S3 A l =A1 A l =A2 A 2 = A 3 70 71 72 73 74 75 from 6 parts into 4 parts: 51 = S1 52 = S2 53 = S2 A l =A1 A2 = A1 A 3 = A 2 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 THEME FOR PASCALE BOINOT for solo piano ELIZABETH KNUDSON 83 duration: ~2:30 J = 7 2 gently Thgmg for pascale Soinot © Elizabeth Knudson, 2005 p w d \ f\ rr a cJ wd d iff f — — L J — 1 — con pedale §|___-84 85 86 LA BANQUEROUTE for T T B B choir E L I Z A B E T H K N U D S O N (text- trad. French-Canadian) 87 La banqueroute (trad. French-Canadian) J'ai fait une banqueroute... J'ai vendu ma ch'mise, ainsi que mon violon Ma femme court apres moi, m'a dit, « M o n cher Gedeon, Vends ta ch'mise puis ton pantalon Mais je veux qu'le violon reste a la maison!» J'ai fait une banqueroute... J'ai vendu ma vache, ainsi que mon violon Ma femme court apres moi, m'a dit, « M o n cher Gedeon, Vends ta vache puis ton gros cochon Mais je veux qu'le violon reste a la maison!» J'ai fait une banqueroute... J'ai vendu ma flute, ainsi que mon violon Ma femme court apres moi, m'a dit, « M o n cher Gedeon, Vends ta flOte puis ton accordeon Mais je veux qu'le violon reste a la maison!» translation: I've gone bankrupt... I sold my shirt*, as well as my violin ^ My wife chased after me and said, "My dear Gedeon, Sell your shirt* and sell your pants* But the violin stays at home!" *2nd verse: [I sold my cow... Sell your cow and your big pig...] 3rd verse: [I sold my flute... Sell your flute and your accordion...] 88 duration: - 7:00 J. £ a famqugrottte (for men's choir - TTBB) @ Elizabeth Knudson, 2005 (based on a French-Canadian folksong) = 56 T 1 solo Tenor 1 (divisi) T 2 solo Tenor 2 (divisi) Baritone J'ai fait. u n e — banque - rou - te j'ai fait une banque-rou_^- te i 1 r feted Ah \ I" 1 Mt -i- | ah •OT — in. _ 4 " m e>. = ah. ah. T 1 soio T 1 T 2 solo T2 B l B2 bom bom bom bom bom 89 90 T 1 solo T 1 T 2 solo T 2 B 1 B 2 ' M i 1 = = _ ! ah 1^ ^ 1 1 E ah -yf* _ 7 iTr' = T 1 solo T 2 solo B 1 J'ai ven - du ma ch'mise mp J'ai ven - du ma ch'mise. mp ain - si que mon vio - Ion. que mon_ vio - Ion. ain - si que 91 T 1 solo T 2 solo T 1 solo Vends ta ch'mise puis ton pan - ta - Ion maisje veux qu'le vio-lon teste a la mai-son! T 2 solo T2 B 1 B 2 vends • ta 92 bom bom bom bom bom ba-da bom dom ba-da bom dom 94 32 •~^-===*~ ™p T 1 solo T 2 solo T 1 solo j'ai fait une banque - rou - te j'ai fait. . une banque - rou - te_ T 2 solo T 2 « 1 r - t j'ai fait une banque - rou - te j'ai fait une banque - rou - te_ fait hi n J \m j'ai fait i - 7 rTr r j'ai fait banque -it * r r~r r B 1 B 2 fait j'ai fait j'ai fait banque -95 T I solo T 2 solo T 1 solo T 2 solo T 2 dom-a - dig - gi dom dom-a ba - da d o m - a - d o m . j'ai fait une banque - rou - te B 1 B 2 une banque - rou 96 T 1 solo T 2 solo T 1 solo T 2 solo J'ai ven - du ma . vache. ain - si que mon vio - Ion 97 47 T 1 solo ff femme court a - pres moi m'a dit, mon cher Ge-de - on femme court a - pres moi m'a dit, mon cher Ge-de - on T 2 solo femme court a - pres moi m'a dit, mon cher G£-de - on. ff femme court a - pres moi m'a dit, mon cher G6-de - on T 1 solo Vends ta vache puis ton gros co - ehon mais je veux qu'le vio-Ion reste a la mai-son! T 2 solo T 2 B 1 B 2 98 T 1 solo T 2 solo Vends ta vache puis ton gros co - ehon mais je veux qu'le vio - lon_ reste a la mai-son' .mp T 1 solo T 2 solo dom-a-dig-gi dom dom-a dom-a-dig-gi dom-a - dig dom -a - dida-li dom-a - dom P dom 1 P 7 P ,). h — * — k ' dnm B 1 B2 99 100 59 T 1 solo T 1 T 2 solo T 2 _j _ L J f yp dom-a - di-da-li dom-a vi vi - o - vi - o - lon-a-dig-gi dom dom-a di-a-dom a - di - a dom dom _ dom. dom-a dom-a-vi vi Ion - a - dig - gi dom-a -dom-a di - a '- di - a dom mp dom_ dom. B 1 ba dom. mp B 2 dom. ba dom. T 1 solo T 1 T 2 solo L J dom-a-di-a dom-a-vi - o - Ion ba dadom-a-dig-gi dom-a-dom-a dom dom-a-dom-a dom T 2 B 1 B 2 dom. dom dom. 101 102 T 1 solo T 2 solo oh J'ai fait une banque rou - te_ T 1 solo T 1 T 2 solo J'ai fait cresc. „/• mJ rou - te M i l l ^ I ' l U " 1 l~ l j'ai fa i t— u n e — banque-rou - te— j'ai fait une banque - rou - te mf| I I m j'ai fait une banque 2*4 rou - te ah_ j'ai fait une banque - rou mf te ah_ B 1 B2 ah mf J'ai fait une banque -m j'ai fa i t— u n e — banque-rou - te J'ai fait une banque - rou - te 103 T 2 solo T 1 solo T 2 solo mon vio - Ion m'a dit, mon cher Ge<te - on. 104 T 1 T 2 solo dom-a-dig-gi Vends ta fiflte puis ton ac-cor - de - on mais je veux qu'le vio-Ion reste a la mai - son! T 1 solo vends ta flute puis ton ac-cor - de - on mais je veux qu'le vio-Ion reste a la mai - son! T 2 solo T 2 son! vends ta flute ac-cor - de mais j c veux a la mai vends ta flute ac-cor-de - on. B 1 mais je veux_ la mai - son! vends ta. vends ta 105 T 1 solo vends—ta flute puis ton ac-cor - 66 - on mais je veux qu'le vio - i o n _ reste a la mai-son! vends ta flOte puis ton ac-cor - de - on mais je veux qu'le vio - Ion_reste a la mai-son! T 2 solo T 1 solo T 2 solo Ion — reste— a la mai-son oh monvio-lon reste a la mai - son. 106 T 1 solo T 1 T 2 solo T2 B 1 B2 T 1 solo T 1 T 2 solo T2 B 1 B2 oh vi - o - Ion oh reste 107 108 109 110 

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