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GRADUATE RECITALS by DIANA ZLATEVA ZLATEVA B.Mus. from: Academia of Music and Dance, Bulgaria in 1992 "The Place of the Blest" Cantata for Trebles Voices and Chamber Orchestra by Randall Thomson A THESIS SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF MUSIC in THE FACULTY OF GRADUATE StUDIES (Choral Conducting) THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA April, 2007 © Diana Zlateva Zlateva, 2007 ABSTRACT The thesis for the Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting consists of the direction of a major public performance by the University Singers, Choral Union or other groups. These performances will be spread over the two years, but will normally culminate in a 15/20-minute piece (or group of pieces). My direction of a major public performance occurred on March 11, 2007 at 5:00 PM -School of Music Recital Hall with the UBC Women's Choir and Chamber Orchestra University of British Columbia School of Music Choral Conducting Graduate Recital Diana Zlateva & UBC Women's Choir & mstrumental Ensemble Sunday, March 11, 2007 U B C Recital Hal l 5:00 P . M . UBC WOMEN'S CHOIR DIRECTOR: DIANA ZLATEVA My Heart, Why Hast Thou Taken? Thomas Morley (1557-1602) Rise Up, My Love Eleanor Daley (b.1955) Ave Maria Soloist: Meriko Kubota Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) Bez Vremeni Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) Sleep Robert Pritchard (b.1956) The Snow Violins: Maria Zlateva & Erin James; Piano: Simon-Marc De Freitas Edward El gar (1857-1934) Oh, Dear! What Can the Matter Be? Gail Kubik (1914-1984) INTERMISSION The Place of the Blest Randall Thompson (1899-1984) UBC WOMEN'S CHOIR & INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE DIRECTOR: DIANA ZLATEVA The Carol of the Rose The Pelican The Place of the Blest Alleluia The Place of the Blest Randall Thomson Cantata for Treble Voices and Chamber Orchestra Ira Randall Thomson was born in New York City, April 21, 1899, and died in Boston, July 9, 1984. The son of an English teacher, Randall never strayed far from the academic environment His early musical pursuits began at an old reed organ on the family summer farm in Maine. His first composing attempts began around 1915 when he wrote a piano sonata and a Christmas part-song. When he entered Harvard University in the fall of 1916, Thomson auditioned for the University Choir but was turned down by its conductor, "Doc" Archibald T. Davison, who eventually later became his mentor. Thomson's conclusion: "My life has been an attempt to strike back!" Doc taught him counterpoint and the history of choral music; however the greatest impact that Davidson had on him was his cultivation of the choral legato, and his adoration of great choral literature. Throughout his career Thomson intermingled both teaching and composing, serving as director of the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music as well as a professor at his alma mater, Harvard University. Thomson composed three symphonies and numerous vocal works, including The Testament of Freedom and The Peaceable Kingdom, inspired by Edward Hick's paintings. His most popular and recognizable choral work is his anthem, Alleluia, commissioned by Serge Koussevitzky for the opening of the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood. He also wrote the operas Solomon and Balkis and The Nativity according to St Luke. The Place of the Blest is considered one of the cornerstones of the Treble Voice Cantata repertoire. The piece was written for the Boys' Choir of Saint Thomas Church, New York City. As befits one of America's most beloved composers, Thomson's The Place of the Blest is well crafted with creative harmonic freedom and beautiful melodic lines. The texts of the first three movements are settings of Thomson's favourite poems by Robert Herrick and Richard Wilbur, and the final movement is an extended meditation on his previous work, Alleluia. Thomson's music does not lack beautiful melodies. In the first movement, The Carol of the Hose, the flute pours out its benediction graciously and then exchanges lyrical lines with the oboe. The second movement is an excerpt from a 12"1 century tale based on an ancient myth about a pelican. It is an allegory on the victory of restorative love, which is the foundation of the Christmas message. It is rich in drama and metrical sophistication. The third movement opens with a long and serene bassoon cantilena - a beautiful piece speaking of a heavenly realm. The dancing tune of the Alleluia is intertwined with the voices, the oboe and the flute. Here Thomson concludes this outstanding work with beautifully crafted polyphonic melodic lines that display his exemplary vmting for treble voices. , UBC WOMEN'S CHOIR DIRECTOR: DIANA ZLATEVA SOPRANO I Kirsrin Ainundrud Shelley Brown Cadrerine Buschhaus Elizabeth Currie Cathleen Guri Cara Guri Rosie Howard Sarah McGrath Ling Hea Ting SOPRANO II Esther Choi Kairlin Green Ursula Kroetsch Meriko Kubota Lindsay O'Rouke Alicia van Dijk Ji Mi Jin Yang Jeen Yee Torey Zachary ALTO I Janet Burns Anita Cai Amber Goulard Linsey Lee Laura Mehes Rachel Mitten Alley Park Kate Parnell ALTO II Kelsey Bittner Megan Brown Kayla Field Lydia Hoi Maria Ocampo INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE Violin 1 Maria Zlateva Alica van Dijk Violin 2 Erin James Fiona Haughton Viola Kate Parnell John Kastelic Cello Bass Grace Harvey Michael Zachary Benjamin Vaughan Flute Jessica Raposo Oboe Karrina Bligh Clarinet Karya Marczak Bassoon Linda Kaastra Acknowledgements Many people have contributed time and effort in the preparation of this concert. I would like to express my appreciation and gratitude for their support and assistance. Bruce Pullan - my professor and mentor Bob Pritchard & John Roeder - thesisjury The UBC Women s Choir - for a great season of music making Sarah McGrath - rehearsal pianist The Instrumental Ensemble - for their invaluable contribution Jen Williams - faithful colleague and great friend Maria Zlateva - dear sister - thank you for coining all the \yayfrom Texas Members of University Singers and UBC Chamber Choir who are helping out tonight University of British Coliirnbia School of Music Choral Conducting Graduate Recital Diana Zlateva & U B C Women's Choir & Listnimental Ensemble Sunday, March 11, 2007 U B C Recital Hal l 5:00 P . M . U B C WOMEN'S CHOIR DIRECTOR: DIANA Z L A T E V A My Heart, Why Hast Thou Taken? Thomas Morley (1557-1602) Rise Up, My Love Eleanor Daley db.1955) Ave Maria Soloist: Meriko Kubota Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) Bez Vremeni Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) Sleep Robert Pritchard (b.1956) The Snow Violins: Maria Zlateva & Erin James; Piano: Simon-Marc De Freitas Edward Elgar (1857-1934) Oh, Dear! What Can the Matter Be? Gail Kubik (1914-1984) INTERMISSION The Place of the Blest Randall Thompson (1899-1984) U B C W O M E N ' S CHOIR & I N S T R U M E N T A L E N S E M B L E DIRECTOR: DIANA Z L A T E V A The Carol of the Rose The Pelican The Place of the Blest Alleluia The Place of the Blest Randall Thomson Cantata for Treble Voices and Chamber Orchestra Ira Randall Thomson was born in New York City, April 21, 1899, and died in Boston, July 9, 1984. The son of an English teacher, Randall never strayed far from the academic environment His early musical pursuits began at an old reed organ on the family summer farm in Maine. His first composing attempts began around 1915 when he wrote a piano sonata and a Christmas part-song. When he entered Harvard University in the fall of 1916, Thomson auditioned for die University Choir but was turned down by its conductor, "Doc" Archibald T. Davison, who eventually later became his mentor. Thomson's conclusion: "My life has been an attempt to strike back!" Doc taught him counterpoint and the history of choral music; however the greatest impact that Davidson had on him was his cultivation of the choral legato, and his adoration of great choral literature. Throughout his career Thomson intermingled both teacliing and composing, serving as director of the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music as well as a professor at his alma mater, Harvard University. Thomson composed three symphonies and numerous vocal works, including The Testament of Freedom and The Peaceable Kingdom, inspired by Edward Hick's paintings. His most popular and recognizable choral work is his anthem, Alleluia, cprrrrnissioned by Serge Koussevitzky for the opening of the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood. He also wrote the operas Solomon and Balkis and The Nativity according to St Luke. The Place of the Blest is considered one of the cornerstones of the Treble Voice Cantata repertoire. The piece was written for the Boys' Choir of Saint Thomas Church, New York City. As befits one of America's most beloved composers, Thomson's The Place of the Blest is well crafted with creative harmonic freedom and beautiful melodic lines. The texts of the first three movements are settings of Thomson's favourite poems by Robert Herrick and Richard Wilbur, and the final movement is an extended meditation on his previous work, Alleluia. Thomson's music does not lack beautiful melodies. In the first movement, The Carol of the Rose, the flute pours out its benediction graciously and then exchanges lyrical lines with the oboe. The second movement is an excerpt from a 12* century tale based on an ancient myth about a pelican. It is an allegory on the victory of restorative love, which is the foundation of the Christmas message. It is rich in drama and metrical sophistication. The third movement opens with a long and serene bassoon cantilena - a beautiful piece speaking of a heavenly realm. The dancing tune of the Alleluia is intertwined with the voices, the oboe and the flute. Here Thomson concludes this outstanding work with beautifully crafted polyphonic melodic lines that display his exemplary writing for treble voices. , UBC WOMEN'S CHOIR DIRECTOR: DIANA ZLATEVA SOPRANO I Kirsun Amundrud Shelley Brown Cadieiine Buschhaus Elizabeth Currie Cathleen Guri Cara Guri Rosie Howard Sarah McGrath Ling Hea Ting SOPRANO II Esther Choi Kaitlin Green Ursula Kroetsch Meriko Kubota Lindsay O'Rouke Alicia van Dijk Ji Mi Jin Yang Jeen Yee Torey Zachary A L T O I Janet Bums Anita Cai Amber Goulard Linsey Lee Laura Mehes Rachel Mitten Alley Park Kate Parnell A L T O II Kelsey Bittner Megan Brown Kayla Field Lydia Hoi Maria Ocampo INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE Violin 1 Maria Zlateva Alica van Dijk Violin 2 Erin James Fiona Haughton Viola Kate Parnell John Kastelic Cello Grace Harvey Zachary Benjamin Bass Michael Vaughan Flute Jessica Raposo Oboe Kafrina Bligh Clarinet Karya Marczak Bassoon Linda Kaastra Acknowledgements Many people have contributed time and effort in the preparation of this concert. I would like to express my appreciation and gratitude for their support and assistance. Bruce PulJan - my professor and mentor Bob Pritchard & John Boeder - thesis jury The UBC Women's Choir - for a great season of music making Sarah McGrath - rehearsal pianist The Instrumental Ensemble - for their invaluable contribution Jen Williams - faithful colleague and great friend Maria Zlateva - dear sister - thank you for coming all the way from Texas Members of University Singers and UBC Chamber Choir who are helping out tonight 

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