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A GRADUATE PIANO RECITAL By JACOB CLAPPER SUPERVISORY COMMITTEE: KEVIN ORR CHAIR LAURA ELLIS, CO CHAIR SILVIO DOS SANTOS, MEMBER A PERFORMANCE IN LIEU OF THESIS PRESENTED TO THE COLLEGE OF FI NE ARTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF MUSIC UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA 201 3
Summary of Performance in Lieu of Thesis Presented to the College of Fine Arts of the University of Florida in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the De gree of Master of Music A GRADUATE PIANO RECITAL By Jacob Clapper May 2013 Chair: Kevin Orr Major: Music At 1:00pm on the 31 st of March, 2013, a recital was presented featuring works that spa n a wide range of style periods within the piano repertoire. Presented in the room 101 recital hall of the University of Florida Music Building, the recital opened with a performance of Ludwig van Sonata in E flat major, Op. 31 No. 3. Known also as The Hunt, this work was composed in 1801 2. Three of the four movements are cast in sonata allegro form, associating it the Symphony No. 4, Op. 60, in which all four movements are in Sonata allegro form. This work was followed by Bla Bartk Out of Doors, which was completed in 1926. Out of Doors is a set of five character pieces. In Out of Doors, Bartk combined research of the folk music of Hungary and Romania with twentieth century techniques and traditional compositional procedures. The second h Waldszenen Op.82 Waldszenen completed between 1848 and 1849 The nine pieces are thought to be based on Jagdbrevier, by Heinrich Laube, whi ch celebrates secret hunting expeditions in Prussia. The repertoire selections on this recital pres ent ed a diverse range of compositional styles The performance encompassed approximately sixty minutes of music.
PROGRAM A Graduate Piano Recital Jacob Clapper, piano March 31 st 2013 1:00pm MUB 101 Sonata in E flat major, Op. 31 No. 3 Allegro Scherzo. Allegretto vivace Menuetto. Moderato e grazioso Presto con fuoco Out of Doors I With Drums and Pipes II Barcarolla III Musettes IV Music of the Night V The Chase L. v an Beethoven (1770 1827) Bla Bartk (1881 1945) INTERMISSION Wald s zenen Op. 82 Eintritt ( Entrance ) Jger auf der Lauer ( Hunter in the Ambush ) Einsame Blumen ( Lonely Flower ) Verrufene Stelle ( A Haunted Place ) Freundliche Landschaft (Friendly Landscape ) Herberge ( The Wayside Inn ) Vogel als Prophet ( Prophet Bird ) Jagdlied ( The Hunt ) Abschied ( Departure ) Robert Schumann (1810 1856) +++++ This recital is presented in partial fulfillment of the degree Master of Music in Piano Performance. Jacob Clapper is from the studio of Dr. Kevin Robert Orr.
PROGRAM NOTES The Piano Sonata No. 18 in E flat major Op. 31, No. 3 (1801 2) i s the third and last of his Op 31 piano sonatas I t is identified with the occasional nickname of The Hunt T hree of the four movements are cast in sonata allegro form associating it the Symphony N o. 4, Op. 60, in whic h all four movements are in Sonata allegro form The Allegro is an energetic movement. An ambiguous opening resolves in eight measures to an E flat chord T his motive provide s material for a transition to the development and f orms the basis of the coda. The development works out contrasting mat erial from the second theme The t itle Scherzo describes the mood of this movement. A sonata allegro structure substitutes for the expected minuet and trio form. A duple meter replaces the expected triple meter. The staccato bass figure beneath the melodic line continues in both hands as part of the second theme and appear s in the closing section. The de velopment maintains this figure with eruptions of sixty fourth notes. A lyrical Menuetto provides rest from the high energy of the sonata It is traditional in structure and has a short coda. The Presto is written in six eight time, but hea rd as a rapid two four movement Relief from the nonstop triplet motion occurs at cadence points throughout the movement This incessant triplet figuration is reminiscent of a tarantella Bla Bartk was born in Nagy szenttmikls, Hungary, which is now present day Sinnicolau Mare, Romania. He was regarded a fine pianist and one of the most significant composers of his time. As a research scholar in the field of ethnomusicology h e combined research of the folk music of Hungary and Romania with twentieth century techniques and traditional compositional procedures. Many works by Bartk do not have an opus number s In 1956, Andrs Szllsy n 1974 Denijs Dill e catalogued t early pieces (DD.). Out of Doors (1926; Sz. 81) Each piece contains dissonance in low register s for percussive effects. T ha s wavelike ostinatos. Trill like figurations mimic bag pipe drones in igurations crickets, frogs, and insects are combine d with fragments of a fo lk like melody. steadily building left hand ostinato pattern.
Robert Schumann was immersed in the creative realms of music and literature Schuman was influence by the literary styles of Jean Paul Friedrich Richter ( 1763 1825) and E.T.A Hoffmann (1776 1822) From these writers Schumann followed a trend of dividing his ego into multiple personalities music and journalism frequent ly references Florestan, the enthusiastic, aggressive side; to Eusebius, the passive dreamy side; and Raro was the manifestation of wisdom and maturity. Waldsz enen Op. 82 (1848 1849) Forest Scenes is a set of character pieces from later years. The nine pieces are thought to be based on Jagdbrevier, by Heinrich Laube, which celebrates secret hunting expeditions in Prussia. The cycle suggest s a visit to the forest. The opening piece is titled is Each piece carries a descriptive title : Schumann associates a literary The pale, eerie flowers depicted in this piece draw sustenance from human blood. T he prophetic bir feature s dissonant downbea ts and imitative bird calls recollections. Schumann utilizes method of conclusion with the endings of Davidsbndlertnze and Kinderszenen.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH Jacob Clapper was awarded a music scholarship to Texas A&M University Commerce in 2007. In 2011, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in piano performance from Texas A&M University Commerce, and was awarded a Graduate Assistantship at the University of Florida. Jacob Clapper attended a Texas Music Teachers Association Convention in Arlington, Texas and a workshop in Alexander Technique by Phyllis Richmond. He has also participated in the University of Florida International Piano Festival of 2012. Jacob Clapper gave a solo performance at Lakeview Centennial High School, and on April 16, 2011, he performed in an Honors Recital at Steinway Hall in Plano, Texas. He has also performed with the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band at TAMU Commerce, and has in two TAMU Commerce Jazz Ensembles: The directed by Daniel Kelly. He provided assistance playing for Chamber Singers and Choral Conducting Classes at TAMU In 2011, he competed in the Young Artist Competition of the Texas Music Teachers Association. Jacob Clapper has received piano instruction from distinguished teachers and artists such as Rebecca Penneys, Richard Shuster, ChengGang Yang, Marian Hahn, Hee Jung Kang, Alexander Tutunov, Nelita True, Luis Sanchez, and Kevin Orr. He has given private music lessons for the piano, and he currently teaches undergraduate piano skills courses at UF. These courses provide functional piano skills to undergraduate non keyboard music majors. Jacob explore future career opportunities in both teaching and performance.