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THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS MASTERS RECITAL By ERICK CROW SUPERVISORY COMMITTEE: TONY OFFERLE CHAIR ELIZABETH GRAHAM MEMBER WILLIAM KESLING MEMBER A 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 DEGREE OF MASTER OF MUSIC UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA 2014
Summary of Performance in Lieu of Thesis Presented to the College of Fine Arts of the University of Florida in Partial Fulfillment of th e Requirements for the Degree of Master of Music THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS A MASTERS RECITAL By Erick Crow May, 2014 Chair: Tony Offerle Major: Music On February 22, at 7:30pm Erick Crow, presented his recital Through the Looking Glass at F irst Presbyterian Church in Gainesville Fl The recital was presented again in the recital hall located at the University of Florida music building. The second presentation of this recital was presented for the committee members mentioned above Highlights of t he program include d Tel Jour Telle Nuit Here and Gone. Also featuring works by Mozart, Britten, and Puccini. Brian Hargrove is the featured pianist, and the recital also featured Josh Mazur, baritone.
The theme of this recital is unselfish love, which allows one to see through embrace this theme. These are the songs about family, loved ones, moments passed by and gone and personal reflection. Through out the recital, many of the pieces selected represent dream like concepts, entering worlds of heroic tales, illogical texts, and complex tonal music. By embracing these types of works, one allows a release of the unrestrained imagination of the subconscio us, which is what artists of the surrealist movement sought to accomplish. resolve the surrealist ideas, some of the poetr y in tonight of these selections were focused so the audience would be able to interpret the works a nd the poetry. This recital aimed to look through the eyes of the poets, librettists, and composers, while still allo wing room for audience interpretation.
February 22, 2014 7:30pm First Presbyterian Church Through the Looking Glass Erick Crow, Tenor Master s Recital Brian Hargrove, Accompanist Joshua Mazur, Baritone
Program A. Sullivan(1842 1900) W. S Gilbert (1836 1911) Tel Jour Telle Nuit I. Bonne journe II. Une ruine coquille vide III. Le front comme un drapeau perdu IV. Une roulotte couverte en tuiles V. A toutes brides VI. Une herbe pauvre VII. Je VIII. Figure de force brlante et farouche IX. Nous avons fait la nuit 1. F. Poulenc (1899 1963) Il Mio Tesoro From, Don Giovanni W. A Mozart (1756 1791) Firenze come un albero fiorito From, Gianni Schicchi G. Puccini (1858 1924) ** Intermission **
Marry Me a L ittle From, Company S. Sondheim (b. 1930) Here and Gone I. The Farms of Home II. In Praise of Songs that Die III. Stars IV. The Factory Window Song V. In the Morning VI. Because I Liked You Better VII. The Half Moon Westers Low J. Heggie (b. 1961) The Last Rose of Summer Benjamin Britten (1913 1976) +++++ This recital is presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Masters of Music in Voice Performance
William S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan are known as the most successful operetta collaborators to date. While Sullivan wrote the music, Gilbert created the plot and wrote the lyrics. The Mikado is without a doubt the most successful Gilbert and Sullivan operetta to date. The original production ran for two years without interruption for 672 performances. The Mikado was also the first operetta by Gilbert and Sullivan to be recorded, which occurred in 1917. The character Nanki Poo sings l I as he enters the town of Titipu in Japan. Typical with Gilbert and Sullivan, the music is light containing topsy turvy lyrics and flavorful runs. Many critics today consider Francis Poulenc to be the last true composer of French art song. Poulenc composed over 150 mlodies, and many are the last great songs added to the twentieth century French repertoire. Poulenc used the work of many poets and always tried to match his musical setting t o the style and inflections implied by the poet. The poetry of Paul Eluard was a great inspiration to Poulenc. Eluard, whose works came into being just after the First World War, was the most eminent poet of the surrealist movement. The nine mlodies of Tel Jour Telle Nuit (Like day, Like Night) form a complete cycle. The cycle dramatic and musical effect. The poems of Eluard cover the span of a day, from dawn until th e two lovers rest for evening. The underlying theme of Tel Jour Telle Nuit is that love is a transcending force, allowing the performer and the unknown companion to move past a selfish and insensitive relationship, which by the end of the cycle embraces an unselfish love between the two lovers. The cycle is for solo voice, looking through the eyes of one of the lovers. There is no doubt that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is considered the most influential composer in the 18 th century. Mozart composed over 600 wo rks, 22 of which are operas. opera buffa, La Nozze di Figaro, was such a success that he used the same librettist, Lorenzo Da Ponte, and an almos t identical cast for his next opera, Don Giovanni Don Giovanni Gianni Schicchi is one of the three one Il Trittico Giacomo Puccini is perhaps the greatest opera composer of the 20 th century. Gianni Schicchi tells the story of Buoso Donati. Donati has passed away and his family wants to know who will inherit his fortune. When the family finds out that none of them are included in the will, Rinnucio that they must get Gianni Schic chi to help solve the problem. The aria begins with a rec itative and transitions to the famous proclamation of the arrival of Gianni Schicchi. Stephen Sondheim over 15 musicals to date. One characteristic that distinguishes Sondheim from his Program Notes
Marry M e a Little occurs at the end of act I and Bobby is having his birthday party. His birthday wish is that someone will marry him with an easy, no challenge marriage. The text music relationship contradicts each other; while the vocal line is smooth, mostly half notes and quarter notes, the piano is a forward fast pace eight reality of the pian notes, which represents the complexity of marriage. Jake Heggie is one of the most acclaimed composers in America today. Most of his works are melodic stories through song. In the cycle Here and Gone, Heggie used poetry by A.E Housman and Vachel Lindsay. These two poets deeply influenced Heggie, and using their words, he tells a story of two friends, the reflections of their lives, and the moments passe d. The cycle challenges their connection and leaves In 1940 Benjamin Britten decided that he needed to have more popular works for Peter Pears, a singer for whom he frequently composed, so he began to arrang e folk songs. The Last Rose of Summer composing songs based on English folk tunes, he decided to follow the lead of Percy Grainger and arrange the tune Program Notes
Erick Crow Biography Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Erick Crow has lived in Coral Springs, Florida for the past 15 years. Hailed for being an interdisciplinary Hilton Head Choral Society, Helena Choral Festival in Montana, The Jacksonville Symphony, Nova Southeastern Orchestra, and the Cherokee Historical Association in North Carolina. He has performed many leading roles both in Musical Theatre and Opera. Some of his titles include Monsier Vogelsang in Der Schauspieldirektor, Marco in The Gondoliers, Major Ridge in Unto These Hi lls, Laurie in Little Women, Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutti and Freddie in Chess. Mr. Crow has performed violin and viola for many major performing groups including Rhapsody, Southeastern University Orchestra, Jacksonville University Orchestra, and The Florida Youth Orchestra, which he performed at Carnegie Hall 2008. Mr. Crow currently performs professionally all around the South Florida and Jacksonville area in violin, viola and voice. Erick Crow is a two time district and regional winner in the National Asso ciation of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition. In 2012 he was awarded the Deans Interdisciplinary award at Jacksonville University. Mr. Crow is known for his innovated and evocative recital programming. He produced his senior showcase, Moving On, which consisted of multimedia production integrated with themes, art songs, and select arrangements of contemporary repertoire. His interest in research includes incorporating marketing strategies with classical music and the effect of contemporary opera and m usic theatre productions. Erick has studied and worked with such renowned teachers in music, voice and acting which include: Marie G. Randel, Dr. Bobb Robinson, Dr. Tony Offerle, Dr. Rob Tudor, Dr. Tim Snyder and Dr. Thomas Sleeper. Erick received his Bach elors of Fine Arts Degree in Music Theatre from Jacksonville University in 2012. He is currently pursuing his Masters of Music: Voice Performance degree at the University of Florida. Erick is a member of the Suzuki Association of America's and Pi Kappa Lam bda Honor Collegiate Music Society.