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GRADUATE RECITALS by HSIAO-FENG ALICE LIU  B.Mus., University of British Columbia, 2002  A THESIS SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF MUSIC in THE FACULTY OF GRADUATE STUDIES (Orchestral Instrument)  THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA April 2006  © Hsiao-Feng Alice Liu, 2006  ABSTRACT The thesis for the Master of Music degree in Orchestral Instruments consists of two full-length recitals, or the equivalent, with emphasis on solo works, but also including representative chamber works. My two full-length recitals were performed on May 1 , 2005 and April 2 , 2006. st  nd  AtASTM'S  #ee77Al  0&ADUA7J0/V  flRce Liu, Clarinet T H E UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH C O L U M B I A S C H O O L OF MUSIC Recital Hall Sunday, April 2,2006 8:00 p.m.  Featuring: Denise Ng Emily Chen James Wei Kunal Mooriani Michael Siu  MASTER'S GRADUATION RECITAL* Alice Liu, Clarinet  Music Poem -Views of Four Seasons I.  Wang Jian-Min  Dawn of the Spring  II. Boating in the Summer III. Sunset of the Autumn IV. Hunting in the Winter  Denise Ng, piano Duet Concertino for Clarinet and Bassoon  Richard Strauss (1864- 1949)  Michael Siu, bassoon Emily Chen, piano  INTERMISSION  Adagio in D flat  Richard Wagner (1813- 1883) Emily Chen, piano  Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano  Aram Khachaturian (1903- 1978)  James Wei, violin Kunal Moorjani,/?/a«o  In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Music degree with a major in Clarinet. ** Reception to follow  The Music Jian-Min Wang is currently professor of music composition in the Shanghai Conservatory, China.  The four movement Music Poem is based on ancient Chinese poems which depict  the beauty of each season. The Dawn of Spring begins with a piano passage that portrays the misty morning followed with bird calls by the clarinet. The melody gradually develops as it represents the awakening earth. Boating in the Summer is just that. That clarinet stays in the middle and lower register in thefirstpart of the movement to portray the steady sway of the boat with the piano in half-chords as the waves. As the boater continues its way, the piano, symbolizing the waves, changes its tempo to accompany the movement of the boat. When church bells sound the boat slowly comes to a stop. The whole third movement Sunset of the Autumn - contains mostly semitones and tritons which gives off the melancholy feel of autumn. The sound of horses galloping, depicted by the clarinet, sets the Hunting in the Winter in motion. Hunters chase their prey with constant horn calls among themselves. The clear articulation, changes in rhythm and the alternation between registers evoke the intensive atmosphere during the course of the hunt. Richard Strauss, born in Munich in 1864, received a thorough musical trainingfromhis father, Franz Strauss.  A composerfromthe age of six he received no formal training in  composition but attended briefly at Munich University to study philosophy and art history. Inspired initially by Berlioz and Brahms his early works are more classical in nature before he moved in the direction of the more uninhibited romanticism of Liszt and Wagner. The Duet Concertino for clarinet, bassoon, harp and strings one of his last works, was written for the  Swiss Italian Radio Ensemble and was completed in 1947. This composition is associated with Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale (Beauty and the Beast) in which the clarinet represents the princess and the bassoon the bear; when the two dance together the bear transforms into a prince. In the first movement the clarinet generally leads the way; in the middle movement, the bassoon leads above a whispering shimmering accompaniment; the third movement is set in Rondo form where Strauss uses a merry theme from his second wind sonatina. All three movements follow each other without break. The Adagio in D-flat for clarinet and strings has recently been disassociated from Richard Wager. Recent musical scholarship attributes it to be the creation of Heirich Baermann, the famous European clarinet virtuoso and non-so-famous composer.  The piece is characterized  by a long romantic melody with a very fine sense of expressive line.  Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978), born in a Armenian family in Tiflis, was fascinated by the music he heard around him in his youth but did not begin his musical studies until age of nineteen.  At first, he studied Cello with Mikhail Gnesin in Gneskin Institute in Moscow, but  soon he turned to composition. His great interest in folk music, particularly the music of his native Armenia, plays a significant part in his musical style. In 1928, a year before entering the Moscow Conservatory to study composition with Nikolai Myaskovsky, Khachaturian wrote, "The goal of my music is to produce Armenian music, with its wealth of melodies and rhythms, through the prism of European methods of composing, of European musical art, and to make our music the property of all nations." Therefore the essence of his music is both lyric and rhythmic.  The Trio for clarinet, violin and piano, dates from early in  Khachaturian's career, in 1932, was the first of his works to be played outside the Soviet Union. The Trio's three instruments by turns combine and stratify in improvisatory wave of both Armenia music and dance rhythms.  The first movement is a slow, melismatic  meditation. The second movement begins as a scherzo, followed by a gentle folksong, leading into an energetic climax in the middle section. The third movement is an extended dance with several moods; displaying a pop or new age flavour.  Ancient Chinese Poems L7O$£ -  # ® |  Meng Haoran - Spring Dawn I slumbered this spring morning, and missed the dawn, From everywhere I heard the cry of birds.  MMfzffifiMi W^MMW  '  That night the sound of wind and rain had come,  T S ^ d ^ ^ ?  Who knows how many petals then had fallen?  sit  Wang Wei - An Autumn Evening in the Mountains  -  inmm  After rain the empty mountain Stands autumnal in the evening,  mmmm  Moonlight in its groves of pine, Stones of crystal in its brooks. Bamboos whisper of washer-girls bound home, Lotus-leaves yield before a fisher-boat — And what does it matter that springtime has gone, While you are here, O Prince of Friends?  MAS7e#'S  #ee77A£  0#ADt4ATJO/V  fiRce Liu, Clarinet T H E UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH C O L U M B I A S C H O O L OF MUSIC Recital Hall Sunday, April 2,2006 8:00 p.m.  Featuring: Denise Ng Emily Chen James Wei Kunal Mooriani Michael Siu  MASTER'S GRADUATION RECITAL* Alice Liu, Clarinet  Music Poem -Views of Four Seasons I.  Wang Jian-Min  Dawn of the Spring  II. Boating in the Summer III. Sunset of the Autumn rv. Hunting in the Winter  Denise Ng, piano Duet Concertino for Clarinet and Bassoon  Richard Strauss (1864- 1949)  Michael Siu, bassoon Emily Chen, piano  -  INTERMISSION  Adagio in D flat  -  Richard Wagner (1813- 1883) Emily Chen, piano  Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano  Aram Khachaturian (1903 - 1978)  James Wei, violin Kunal Moorjani,/?/a«o  In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Music degree with a major in Clarinet. ** Reception to follow  The Music Jian-Min Wang is currently professor of music composition in the Shanghai Conservatory, China. The four movement Music Poem is based on ancient Chinese poems which depict the beauty of each season. The Dawn of Spring begins with a piano passage that portrays the misty morning followed with bird calls by the clarinet. The melody gradually develops as it represents the awakening earth. Boating in the Summer is just that. That clarinet stays in the middle and lower register in thefirstpart of the movement to portray the steady sway of the boat with the piano in half-chords as the waves. As the boater continues its way, the piano, symbolizing the waves, changes its tempo to accompany the movement of the boat. When church bells sound the boat slowly comes to a stop. The whole third movement Sunset of the Autumn - contains mostly semitones and tritons which gives off the melancholy feel of autumn. The sound of horses galloping, depicted by the clarinet, sets the Hunting in the Winter in motion. Hunters chase their prey with constant horn calls among themselves. The clear articulation, changes in rhythm and the alternation between registers evoke the intensive atmosphere during the course of the hunt. Richard Strauss, born in Munich in 1864, received a thorough musical trainingfromhis father, Franz Strauss. A composerfromthe age of six he received no formalfrainingin composition but attended briefly at Munich University to study philosophy and art history. Inspired initially by Berlioz and Brahms his early works are more classical in nature before he moved in the direction of the more uninhibited romanticism of Liszt and Wagner. The Duet Concertino for clarinet, bassoon, harp and strings one of his last works, was written for the  Swiss Italian Radio Ensemble and was completed in 1947. This composition is associated with Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale (Beauty and the Beast) in which the clarinet represents the princess and the bassoon the bear; when the two dance together the bear transforms into a prince. In thefirstmovement the clarinet generally leads the way; in the middle movement, the bassoon leads above a whispering shimmering accompaniment; the third movement is set in Rondo form where Strauss uses a merry theme from his second wind sonatina. All three movements follow each other without break. The Adagio in D-flat for clarinet and strings has recently been disassociatedfromRichard Wager. Recent musical scholarship attributes it to be the creation of Heirich Baermann, the famous European clarinet virtuoso and non-so-famous composer.  The piece is characterized  by a long romantic melody with a veryfinesense of expressive line.  Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978), born in a Armenian family in Tiflis, was fascinated by the music he heard around him in his youth but did not begin his musical studies until age of nineteen. Atfirst,he studied Cello with Mikhail Gnesin in Gneskin Institute in Moscow, but soon he turned to composition. His great interest in folk music, particularly the music of his native Armenia, plays a significant part in his musical style. In 1928, a year before entering the Moscow Conservatory to study composition with Nikolai Myaskovsky, Khachaturian wrote, "The goal of my music is to produce Armenian music, with its wealth of melodies and rhythms, through the prism of European methods of composing, of European musical art, and to make our music the property of all nations." Therefore the essence of his music is both lyric and rhythmic.  The Trio for clarinet, violin and piano, dates from early in  Khachaturian's career, in 1932, was the first of his works to be played outside the Soviet Union. The Trio's three instruments by turns combine and stratify in improvisatory wave of both Armenia music and dance rhythms.  The first movement is a slow, melismatic  meditation. The second movement begins as a scherzo, followed by a gentle folksong, leading into an energetic climax in the middle section. The third movement is an extended dance with several moods; displaying a pop or new age flavour.  Ancient Chinese Poems 1 u M - #St  Meng Haoran - Spring Dawn I slumbered this spring morning, and missed the dawn,  0Mfi&$^k  From everywhere I heard the cry of birds.  ^^.MMW ' ~$tMx*$$, P ?  That night the sound of wind and rain had come,  EEM - LL|Ji?$CBl  Wang Wei - An Autumn Evening in the Mountains  /  Who knows how many petals then had fallen?  After rain the empty mountain Stands autumnal in the evening,  mmmm •  Moonlight in its groves of pine, Stones of crystal in its brooks. Bamboos whisper of washer-girls bound home, Lotus-leaves yield before a fisher-boat —  mmm m •  And what does it matter that springtime has gone, While you are here, 0 Prince of Friends?  MASTER'S STUDENT RECITAL*  Alice L i u , clarinet with Denise Ng, piano  THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA SCHOOL OF MUSIC Recital Hall Sunday, May 1,2005 8:00 p.m.  Hommage a Manuel de Falla  Bela Kovacs (1937-) Stephen Chatman  Prairie Dawn (1998)  (1950-) Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (1941-42) I.  Grazioso - Un poco piu mosso  Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)  II. Andantino - Vivace e leggiero  **INTERMISSION*»  Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano I.  Moderato  II.  Andante  III.  Poco allegro  Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959)  New York Counterpoint (1985) (B.C. Premiere) (I)  Steve Reich (1936-)  (II) (III) Clarinet:  Kimberly Woodroff Michelle Goddard Aneeta Dastoor Doug Arnold Annie Chang Anne Brennan Brian Nelson Bass Clarinet & Clarinet:  Yvette Bos Bass Clarinet:  John Gosden Karen Davidson  *  In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Music degree with a Major in Clarinet  **  Reception to follow  MASTER'S STUDENT RECITAL*  Alice L i u , clarinet with Denise Ng, piano  THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA SCHOOL OF MUSIC Recital Hall Sunday, May 1,2005 8:00 p.m.  Hommage a Manuel de Falla  Bela Kovacs (1937-) Stephen Chatman  Prairie Dawn (1998)  (1950-) Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (1941-42) I.  Grazioso - Un poco piu mosso  Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)  II. Andantino - Vivace e leggiero  ••INTERMISSION**  Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano I.  Moderato  II.  Andante  III.  Poco allegro  Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959)  New York Counterpoint (1985) (B.C. Premiere) (I)  Steve Reich (1936-)  (II) (III) Clarinet:  Kimberly Woodroff Michelle Goddard Aneeta Dastoor Doug Arnold Annie Chang Anne Brennan Brian Nelson Bass Clarinet & Clarinet:  Yvette Bos Bass Clarinet:  John Gosden Karen Davidson  In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Music degree with a Major in Clarinet Reception to follow  

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