GRADUATE CONDUCTING RECITAL By JERAMY A. NICHOLS SUPERVISORY COMMITTEE: WILL KESLING MEMBER A PROJECT 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 2012
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3 To my mother for her love, support and constant encouragement
4 AKNOWLEDGEMENTS I wish to thank the University of Florida and the School of Music for developing the summer Masters of Music program for practicing teachers and for the implementation of Secondary Concentrations This has given me the opportunity to fulfill my dreams of ac hieving an advanced degree in music and to study and learn with a highly qualified, professional, and talented faculty.
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6 Summary of Performance Option 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 GRADUATE CONDUCTING RECITAL By Jeramy Nichols May 2012 Member: Will Kesling Secondary Concentration: Choral Conducting On April 10, 2012, I conducted a graduate recital in the University Auditorium This graduate conducting recital was in fulfill ment of requirements for the choral conducting secondary concentration. The program was comprised of an eclectic array of seven choral compositions Among these compositions were: Cry Out and Shout; O Magnum Mysterium ; Pavane Op. 50 ; Spinning Chorus from Der fliegende Holl nder ; Prayer of the Children; A Red, Red Rose; and Lord These choral compositions ranged from a Romantic Art Song an Opera Chorus for women and styles from the Twentieth Century leading to a Traditional Spiritual. Within this assorted array of choral compositions were selectio ns in English, Latin, and German that represented different historical eras from living and deceased composers Knut Nystedt, Morten Lauridsen, Gabriel Faur Richard Wagner, Kurt Bestor, James Mulholland, and Moses Hogan The majority of the pieces were a cappella with the remainder having piano accompaniment. The selection of music represented a variety of styles, tempi, and harmonic structures. The performers were student members of the University of Florida Concert Cho ir from the School of Music.
7 INTRODUCTION On April 10, 2012, I conducted a graduate choral conducting r ecital. This conducting recital was in fulfillment of requirements for the Secondary Concentration in Choral Conducting. The repertoire was comprised of an eclectic array of seven different choral works consisting of : Cry Out and Shout; O Magnum Mysterium; Pavane Op. 50 ; Spinning Chorus from Der fliegende Hollnder; Prayer of the Children; A Red, Red, Rose; and L ord These choral compositions were in English, Latin, and German that represented different historical eras from li ving and deceased composers Knut Nystedt, Morten Lauridsen, Gabriel Faur, Richard Wagner, Kurt Bestor James Mulholland, and Moses Hogan. Among these eclectic choral works were a Romantic Art Song, a n Opera Chorus for w omen, and styles from the Twentieth Century concluding wi th an Afro American Spiritual I decided to perform these selections to repre sent the immense assortment of choral music and to show how different styles and genres can be performed together To begin t he program, I chose the choral work Cry Out and Shout for its ability to grab the attention of the audience with its quick rhythms and loud dynamic markings The progr am then moves through a sacred motet O Magnum Mysterium to a Romantic Art Song, Pavane Op. 50 that illustrates the how dancers view other dancers from their masqueraded masks during a processional Pavane dance. The n ext two choral pieces in the program focus ed on the lush harmonies of the s sections of the choir in the Spinning Chorus from Der fliegende Hollnder and Prayer of the Children Fo r the final two choral works, the performers performed a stunning arrangement of Robert Burns poem A Red, Red Rose and Moses Hogan arrangement of My to conclude the program. The performers were student members of the U niversity of Florida Concert C hoir from the School of Music. The selections of
8 music represented a cappella and piano accompaniment with a variety of styles, t empi, and harmonic structures PROGRAM Cry Out and Shout Knut Nystedt (b. 1915) O Magnum Mysterium Morton Lauridsen (b. 1943) O great mystery, and wonderful sacrament, that animals should see the new born Lord, lying in a manger! Blessed is the Virgin whose womb was worthy to bear Christ the Lord. Alleluia! Pavane, Op. 50 Gabriel Faur (1845 1924) Spinning Chorus (from Der fliegende Hollnder ) Richard Wagner (1818 1883) Whir and whirl, good wheel, gaily, gaily turn! Spin, spin a thousand threads, good wheel, whir and whirl! My love out on the seas thinking of his dear at home; Ah, good wheel, roar more! Ah, if you could raise a wind Spin, girls, spin busily! Whir and whirl, good wheel! Tra la ra la la la la la! Whir and whirl, good wheel, gaily, gaily turn! Spin, spin a thousand threads, good wheel, whir and whirl! My love out on the seas will earn much gold in southern lands; Ah, good wheel, roar more! He'll give it to his dear if she spins busily. Spin, girls, spin busily! Whir and whirl, good wheel! Tra la ra la la la la la!
9 Prayer of the Children Kurt Bestor (b. 1958) Can you hear the prayer of the children on bended knee, in the shadow of an unknown room? Empty eyes with no more tears to cry turning heavenward toward the light. Crying," Jesus, help me to see the morning light of one more day, but if I should die before I wake, I pray my soul to take." Can you feel the hearts of the children aching for home, for something of their very own. Reaching hands with nothing to hold onto but hop e for a better day, a better day. Crying," Jesus, help me to feel the love again in my own land, but if unknown roads lead away from home, give me loving arms, away from harm. Can you hear the voice of the children softly pleading for silence in their sha ttered world? Angry guns preach a gospel full of hate, blood of the innocent on their hands. Crying," Jesus, help me to feel the sun again upon my face? For when darkness clears, I know you're near, bringing peace again." Can you hear the prayer of the children? A Red, Red Rose James Mulholland (b. 1935) O my Luve's like a red, red rose O my Luve's like the melodie As fair art thou, my bonnie lass, So deep in luve am I: And I will luve thee still, my dear, Ti I will luve thee still, my dear, And fare thee well, my only Luve And fare thee well, a while! And I will come again, my Luve, ile.
10 American Spiritual) arr. Moses Hogan (1957 2003) PROGRAM NOTES Knut Nystedt (b. 1915) is a Norwegian orchestral and choral composer. Ny compositions for choir and vocal soloists are mainly based on texts from the Bible or sacred themes. Major influences on his compositions were inspired from the composer Palestrina and from the body of Gregorian chant. In 1966, the King of Norway selected Nystedt as Knight of the Order of St. Olav in recognition of his contributions to Norwegian music. He was appointed Commander of St. Olav in 2002 by the King of Norway. Cry Out and Shout is a sacred a cappella choral work composed for six voices (SSATTB). T he text is adapted from Isaiah Chapter 12. Morton Lauridsen (b. 1943) is an American composer and has been a professor of composition at the University of Southern California for more than thirty years. In 2006, he was recipient of the National Medal of Arts from in the President in 2007. Musicologist and o can be called a mystic whose probing, serene works that contain an elusive and indefinable O Magnum Mysterium is based on the respons orial chant from the Off ice of Matins for Christmas Day. This motet is perhaps one of the most popular and performed choral works by an American composer. With the use of tone clusters and inverted triadic harmonies, Lauridsen paints a picture of the birth of Christ from the an
11 Gabriel Faur (1845 1924) was a French composer, organist, pianist, and teacher. He was one of the foremost French composers of his generation and his musical style influenced many 20 th Century composers. The Pavane was originally a piano piece, but the orchestra with optional chorus is better known. Its rhythm was obtained from the slow processional Spanish court dance of the same name. The Pavane flows from a series of harmonic and melodic climaxes that conjure a somewhat haunting elegance. Richard Wagner (1813 1883) was a German composer, conductor, theorist, and essayist primarily known for his operas. He was without a doubt the most popular and influential German composer in the second half of the nineteen th century. While writing in a highly original musical style, Wagner introduced many innovative operatic standards as the Tristan chord and leitmotif, the recurring musical idea connected with a particular character, place, or mood. The Spinning Chorus c omes from the Opera The Flying Dutchman ( der fleigende Hollnder) Spinning Chorus opens the second is gazing upon his picture telling the story of the legendary Dutchman who hangs from the wall and how she desires to save him. She then continues to sing the story e. Kurt Bestor (b. 1958) is an American composer, performer, and arranger. He graduated from Brigham Young University where he studied Studio Composition and holds an honorary degree from Utah Valley University. Bestor has released over a dozen CDs and has been
12 composed several television introductions including Good Morning American and Monday Prayer of the Child ren is his most famous and most performed choral composition. This piece was written in light of the Yugoslav wars to honor the children of the former Yugoslavia. Ironically, this song was never intended to be published. The inspiration for Prayer of th e Children came while Bestor was living in the former Yugoslavia and witnessing the horrendous civil war that was taking place. The composition was inspired by the frustrations and deep feelings he had for the suffering children. James Mulholland (b. 1935) is Professor of Music at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. His choral composition A Red, Red Rose is from Four Robert Burns Ballads and is one mos t famous poet, Robert Burns, are simply breathtaking. Moses Hogan (1957 2003) was the most distinguished contemporary director, conduct or, and arranger of traditional spirituals during his short life. He was a graduate of the New Orleans School of Music. Hogan was the director of The Moses Hogan Chorale and The Moses Hogan Singers which made their debut in 1998. Hogan also served as the editor of the new Oxford Book of Spirituals. His arrangements, such as are hugely popular and performed by high school, college, chu rch, community, and professional choirs around the world
13 SCORES Nystedt, Knut. Cry Out and Shout Summy Birchard Publishing Company: SUMCO 4895 5, 1956. Lauridsen, Morton. O Magnum Mysterium Southern Music Publishing Co.,Inc. : No. 2227209, 1995. Faur, Gabriel. Pavane, Op. 50. Broude Brothers Limited: B.B. 807, 1952. Wagner, Richard. Spinning Chorus from Der fliegende Hollnder. ed. Rutter: Three Opera Choruses for Upper Voices. Oxford University Press: OCCO 21, 1995. Bestor, Kurt. Prayer of the Children The Pinnacle Group: CH 96166, 1995. Mulholland, James. A Red, Red Rose European American Music Corporation: EA445 7, 1980. Hogan, Moses. Hal Leonard Corporation: No. 08703235, 1999.
14 BIOGRAPHICA L SKETCH Jeramy A. Nichols received his Bachelor of Science degree in Music with applied studies in vocal performance, choral music education, and church music ministries from Olivet Nazarene University in Kankakee, Illinois He has been teaching music f or the past ten years in Indiana, Florida, and thus far has taught elementary, middle and high school grade levels. In March 2011, Mr. Nichols was given the opportunity to travel to Beijing and Shanghai, China to conduct hestra during their tour of China. Mr. Nichols received his Master of Music degree in Music Education with a Secondary Concentration in Choral Conducting from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida Upon completion, Mr. Nichols hopes to pu rsue Doctoral studies