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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 20 century repertoire. To Ian th  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 © Elizabeth Knudson, 2004  (for Ian Hampton) m  playfully sul pont. (open D)  Cello I  Cello II  Cello III p  (Tap withfingerson body of cello, ne^r bridge. Hold down C+G strings with other hand so they dont resonate)  Cello IV (knock softly on back of cello)  ~ ^  Vc.I  (harmonics)  Vc. II  Vc. Ill  mp  VC. IV  2  .7  Vc. I  Veil O  Vc. Ill  Vc. IV  *' U U'  Lf L T r » ' i'  0  0  o  o  Pi  Vc. I  i  f  ttvp  Veil  Vc. Ill  Vc. IV  Vc. I mf  Vc. II o  Vc. Ill  • J*  X  XX—X—™  u U'  = ' u' L  [  O  1  LT L U  1>  Vc. IV  4  _E_____E__E__  O  C  "  P L'LTi) LI' U -  7  [  $uss.  mm  Vc.I  mf  vtp  •*  Vc. II  mT  *-  '  'J --  r r  LTP  7  Vc. I l l  LJ'LT*  111  i'  mf  mp  r rp ^ r 7  Vc. IV  a>  „  r  P  _  cJ  _  Vc.I  v,  mf  \iwp  1  Vc. II  7»p  p., A p  Vc. I l l  1  __________  mp  r r cJ r r  Vc. IV  mf  5  p pi  7 7 mp  mf  7  8  9  10  Vc.I  Vc. II  ^  '  7  J'  7  7  Ju » *  *1  t  7  7  , , j; r  JP=£  7  _» J u  7  h=  Jl>  K  , . L f  o  Vc. Ill —  mf  =  Vc. IV  mp  Vc.I  A. ¥  Vc. II  — 1  lt  r ¥.rr rr |t  f  Lr  U* J  J '  *  —  mp  Vc. Ill  LI LTD LI LI'"  i  * ' i'  r ' ' r lr * * r  1  mp Vc. IV  J'f  r * i r ;  11  M  * ' *  , ,,»Jl ' J ' * 1  U'LTP r * * r  Vc.I  Vc. II  Vc. I l l  Vc. IV  A  LIGHT EXISTS  IN  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 periodWhen 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)  I J=66  @  E | i z a b e t h  K  n  u  d  s  o  n  2  0  0  4  (text by Emily Dickinson)  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  That  Sci  -  ence  take  24  -  ence  But  Hu -  Hu - man  man  Na-ture  feels  25  26  27  28  29  30  SJ  a tempo  tutti  31  32  It  It  pas -  33  ses  and  pas- ses  and  we  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  M a h o g a m j duration: ~ 8:00  for Sue Round and Ian Hampton  1=132 V,  Elizabeth Knudson, 2005  L  Cello 1  Cello 2  Cello 3  (change bow as needed)  Vc. 1  (change bow as needed)!  Vc. 2  paz.  Vc.3 mp  Vc. 1  Vc. 2  Vc.3  44  Vc.3  45  46  Vc. 1 P  Vc. 2 mp  3&=  Vc.3  47  48  49  Vc. 1  50  51  mp  52  53  54  55  6# fppig 150  Vc. 1  Vc.  2  Vc.3  « R  i  ft,  P  f -I  56  1 PP 1  IN THE GRASS for S S S A A A choir  ELIZABETH KNUDSON (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 leanElf trees untouched of barkI 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  Inth^ Grass duration: ~6:30  (for 6-part women's choir- SSSAAA) > Elizabeth Knudson, 2005 (text by Ethelwyn Wetherald)  -GO gently Soprano 1  Soprano 2  Soprano 3  Alto 1  Alto 2  Alto 3  59  60  61  J3  62  63  S 1 ah .  S2  Gp  o  .4  — •  •  - —  =  /  S3  A1  A2  A3  from 6 parts into 4 parts: 51 =S1 52 = S2 53 = S2 A1=A1 A2 = A1 A3=A2  64  65  66  67  68  69  mf  38 S1 ah.  In  this  strange  mi - mic  wood.  mf S2  J  4  0 g  mi - mic  ?  wood  mf S3  mp  mf  ah.  In  Al this  strange  >>f\  mi - mic  wood.  mp  A2  \  ah.  A3  #\ \  •0  J  from 4 parts into 6 parts: 51 = S1 52 = S2 S2 = S3 A l =A1 A l =A2 A2=A3  70  IPS!  mi - mic  wood  71  72  73  74  75  from 6 parts into 4 parts: 51 = S1 52 = S2 53 = S2 A l =A1 A2 = A1 A3=A2  76  77  78  79  80  81  82  THEME FOR PASCALE BOINOT for solo piano  ELIZABETH KNUDSON  83  Thgmg for pascale Soinot duration: ~2:30 J=72  © Elizabeth Knudson, 2005  gently w  d  a  d  w  cJ  d  p  \ f\—rr 1—  ——  L J  con pedale  §|___-  84  iff  f  85  86  LA BANQUEROUTE for T T B B choir  ELIZABETH KNUDSON (text- trad. F r e n c h - C a n a d i a n )  87  La banqueroute (trad. French-Canadian) J'ai fait une banqueroute... J'ai vendu ma ch'mise, ainsi que mon violon M a 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 m a i s o n ! » J'ai fait une banqueroute... J'ai vendu ma vache, ainsi que mon violon M a 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 m a i s o n ! » J'ai fait une banqueroute... J'ai vendu ma flute, ainsi que mon violon M a 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 m a i s o n ! »  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 myflute...Sell your flute and your accordion...]  88  £ a famqugrottte  duration: - 7:00  @ Elizabeth Knudson, 2005 (based on a French-Canadian folksong)  (for men's choir - TTBB)  J.= 56 T 1 solo J'ai Tenor 1 (divisi)  T 2 solo  i  fait.  une—  banque  -  rou -  te  j'ai  feted  Tenor 2  te  1Mt -i-  \ I" Ah  (divisi)  une banque-rou_^-  r  1  •OT  fait  |  ah —  in.  _  4 "m ah.  e>.  = ah.  Baritone  T 1 soio  T1  T 2 solo  T2  Bl  B2 bom  89  bom  bom  bom bom  90  T 1 solo  T 1  T 2 solo  T2  B  1  'Mi  ==_!  1  1^  ah B2  E  ^ 1 1  ah  -yf*  _  7  iTr'  =  T 1 solo  T 2 solo  B  J'ai mp  ven - du  ma  ch'mise  J'ai  ven - du  ma  ch'mise.  ain - si  que  mon  vio - Ion.  1 que  m o n _ vio - Ion.  mp  ain - si  91  que  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  B2 vends  92  • ta  bom  bom  bom  bom  bom  94  ba-da  bom dom  ba-da  bom dom  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  1  T2  r-t  « j'ai fait une banque - rou - te  j'ai  fait  une banque  -  rou  -  te_  B1 fait B2  hi n  j'ai  J  \m i -  7  fait  rTr r j'ai  95  fait  fait  j'ai  it *  r j'ai  fait  banque -  r~r r fait  banque -  T I solo  T 2 solo  T 1 solo  T 2 solo dom-a - dig - gi dom  dom-a  ba  -  da  dom-a-dom.  T2  j'ai B  1  B2 une  banque - rou  96  fait  une  banque - rou  -  te  T 1 solo  T 2 solo  T 1 solo  T 2 solo  J'ai  ven - du ma . vache.  ain  97  - si  que  mon vio - Ion  47  ff  T 1 solo 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  femme  court  a  -  pres  moi  m'a  dit,  mon  cher  G£-de  -  on.  T 2 solo  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  T 2 solo  T2  B  1  B2  98  mais je  veux qu'le vio-Ion  reste a  la  mai-son!  T 1 solo Vends  .mp  ta  vache  puis ton gros  co - ehon  mais je  veux qu'le vio - lon_ reste a la  mai-son'  T 2 solo  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 B  1 1  dom  P  7  P B2  ,).  k ' dnm  99  h — * —  100  59  _j _ L J  T 1 solo dom-a - di-da-li dom-a vi  vi - o - vi - o  -  lon-a-dig-gi  dom  dom-a  f yp  di-a-dom  a - di - a  T 1 dom  dom _  dom.  T 2 solo dom-a  dom-a-vi  vi  Ion - a - dig - gi dom-a -dom-a  di - a '- di - a dom  mp T2  dom_ B  dom.  1 ba dom. mp  B2  dom.  T 1 solo  ba dom.  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 1  T 2 solo  T2  B  1  B2  dom.  101  dom  dom.  102  T 1 solo oh  J'ai  fait  une  banque  rou  -  te_  T 2 solo  T 1 solo J'ai fait cresc. T  1  M i l l  m j'ai  T 2 solo  fait—  J  ^I'lU"  u n e — banque-rou -  te—  rou  -  te  banque - rou  -  te  -  te  ah_  te  ah_  „/•  m  j'ai  1  l~l  fait  une  mf|  j'ai  I  I  fait  une banque  j'ai  fait  une banque - rou  J'ai  fait  une banque -  rou  2*4  mf B  m  1 ah mf  B2 j'ai  fait—  u n e — banque-rou - te  J'ai  103  fait  une  banque - rou  -  te  T 2 solo  T 1 solo  T 2 solo  mon  vio  - Ion  m'a  104  dit,  mon  cher  Ge<te - o n .  dom-a-dig-gi T1  Vends  ta  fiflte puis ton ac-cor - de  -  on  mais je  veux  qu'le vio-Ion  reste a la  mais je  veux  qu'le vio-Ion  reste a la  mai - son!  T 2 solo  T 1 solo  vends  ta  flute  puis ton ac-cor - de  -  on  mai - son!  T 2 solo son!  vends  ta  flute  ac-cor - de  mais  jc  veux  a  la  mai  T2 vends  ta  flute  ac-cor-de - o n .  mais je  veux_  la  mai - son!  B 1  105  vends  ta.  vends  ta  T 1 solo vends—ta  vends  ta  flute  puis ton ac-cor - 66 -  on  mais je  veux qu'le vio - i o n _ reste a la  mai-son!  flOte  puis ton ac-cor - de - on  mais je  veux  mai-son!  qu'le vio - Ion_reste  a la  reste  mai - son.  T 2 solo  T 1 solo  T 2 solo  Ion — reste—  a  la  mai-son  oh  106  monvio-lon  a  la  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  107  reste  108  109  110  

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