Ensemble: 2011-03-04 - UNT Opera and UNT Concert Orchestra

Ensemble: 2011-03-04 - UNT Opera and UNT Concert Orchestra

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Date: March 4, 2011
Creator: UNT Opera
Description: Opera presented at the UNT College of Music Lyric Theater.
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The Formative Years: an Exploration of the Early Training and Song Juvenilia of Samuel Barber

The Formative Years: an Exploration of the Early Training and Song Juvenilia of Samuel Barber

Date: May 2013
Creator: Chester, Derek T.
Description: In the art of song composition, American composer Samuel Barber was the perfect storm. Barber spent years studying under superb instruction and became adept as a pianist, singer, composer, and in literature and languages. The songs that Barber composed during those years of instruction, many of which have been posthumously published, are waypoints on his journey to compositional maturity. These early songs display his natural inclinations, his self-determination, his growth through trial and error, and the slow flowering of a musical vision, meticulously cultivated by the educational opportunities provided to him by his family and his many devoted mentors. Using existing well-known and recently uncovered biographical data, as well as both published and unpublished song juvenilia and mature songs, this dissertation examines the importance of Barber's earliest musical and academic training in relationship to his development as a song composer.
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The Influence of National Styles on the Compositions of Pauline Viardot

The Influence of National Styles on the Compositions of Pauline Viardot

Date: May 2009
Creator: McCormack, Jessica
Description: Unlike other song composers of the 19th century, Pauline Viardot wrote in many languages and national styles. Her songs, "Haï Luli!," "In der Frühe," "Morirò," "La nuit monte/ Già la notte," "Canción de la Infanta," "Юноша и дьва," "Le Rêve de Jésus," are examples of Viardot's ability to compose in many languages and national styles.
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Doctoral Recital: 2009-09-17 - Jonathan Yarrington, tenor

Doctoral Recital: 2009-09-17 - Jonathan Yarrington, tenor

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Date: September 17, 2009
Creator: Yarrington, Jonathan
Description: Recital presented at the UNT College of Music Recital Hall in partial fulfillment of the Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree.
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The Castrato Sacrifice: Was it Justified?

The Castrato Sacrifice: Was it Justified?

Date: August 2006
Creator: Sowle, Jennifer
Description: One of the greatest mysteries in the history of music is the castrato singers of the Baroque era. Castration has existed for many thousands of years, but for the first time in history, it was used for artistic purposes. Who were these men who seemingly gave up their masculinity for the sake of music? By examining the time period and circumstances in which these musicians lived, an answer may be found. Exploring the economic, social, and political structure of the 17th and 18th centuries may reveal the mindset behind such a strange yet accepted practice. The in-depth study of their lives and careers will help lift the veil of mystery that surrounds them. Was their physical sacrifice a blessing or a curse? Was it worth it?
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Utilizing North American Art Song Settings of Psalm Texts in Worship Services: an Annotated Guide for Singers, Voice Instructors, and Music Ministers

Utilizing North American Art Song Settings of Psalm Texts in Worship Services: an Annotated Guide for Singers, Voice Instructors, and Music Ministers

Date: May 2014
Creator: Siddons, Kyle
Description: This dissertation provides a guide for appropriate use of North American art song settings of biblical psalms for solo voice written after 1950 in the worship services of Christian faiths. The songs analyzed are for all voice parts and a variety of accompanying ensembles. The placement of each song on a specific calendar day is guided by the individual church calendars and lectionaries, on the prevalent themes of the text, and the characteristics of the musical setting. Performance of these songs only in a concert setting limits their usefulness for singers, voice teachers, and music directors alike. A new and worthy performing context can be established by analyzing the text and musical settings.
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Shostakovich's Use of Satire in Anti-formalist Rayok with a Focus on the Music of the Character Dt Troikin

Shostakovich's Use of Satire in Anti-formalist Rayok with a Focus on the Music of the Character Dt Troikin

Date: August 2014
Creator: Grabowski, Gregory
Description: In January 1989, a much-rumored work by Dmitri Shostakovich titled Anti-Formalist Rayok received its public premiere. Rayok is a single-act satirical opera/cantata for bass soloist and mixed chorus. Each character represents a prominent Soviet political figure: Joseph Stalin, Andrei Zhdanov, and Dmitri Shepilov. The text of the libretto is either taken directly from actual speeches given by these political figures or follows their idiosyncratic style of public speaking. Rayok often falls victim to criticism for its lack of musical depth, a point of view that could easily lead one to see it as one of Shostakovich's lesser works. The purpose of this document is to examine the political environment of the Soviet Union in the early twentieth century in order to provide context for Shostakovich's Anti-Formalist Rayok and to show how Shostakovich uses satire in this piece. This dissertation document looks at the broader concepts of Formalism and Socialist Realism, traces how Socialist Realism became the established Soviet cultural aesthetic, and examines specific historical events in the 1940s and 1950s that relate to Rayok. Musical examples are taken from the section of the piece centering around D.T. Troikin. These examples demonstrate how Shostakovich uses Socialist Realist clichés in order to ...
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Professor Han Xianguang and His Contribution to the Horn World

Professor Han Xianguang and His Contribution to the Horn World

Date: December 2015
Creator: Yeoh, Li Zhi
Description: This dissertation verifies Professor Han, Xianguang as the most significant Chinese horn player and teacher in the twentieth century. He was the first Chinese horn player to win in an international horn competition and the first president of the China Horn Association. He was the premier performer of the only known Chinese horn concerto: Fantasy-Concerto <In Memory>, composed by Professor Shi Yongkang in 1962. Professor Han also served as a judge for many international horn solo and chamber music competitions, and was president of the first (2012), second (2013), and third (2014) CCOM (Central College of Music) International Horn Festivals in Beijing. This dissertation explores Professor Han’s professional and pedagogical contributions to the horn world. These contributions will, in turn, provide an overview of the evolution of the horn and horn playing in China. The horn, historically and musically an instrument of Western Europe, was transported to Asia by many horn players and teachers, with Professor Han the most significant figure in its evolution in China. During Professor Han’s 60-year teaching career, he developed a special pedagogical system. A number of his outstanding horn students, including two sons, eventually became principal hornists in orchestras throughout China, with a few hired ...
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Ensemble: 2005-04-17 - Albert Herring

Ensemble: 2005-04-17 - Albert Herring

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Date: April 17, 2005
Creator: Opera Theatre
Description: Opera Theatre performance of Albert Herring at the UNT College of Music Lyric Theater.
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Ensemble: 2005-04-10 - Albert Herring

Ensemble: 2005-04-10 - Albert Herring

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Date: April 10, 2005
Creator: Opera Theatre
Description: Opera Theatre performance of Albert Herring at the UNT College of Music Lyric Theater.
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Ensemble: 2005-04-08 - Albert Herring

Ensemble: 2005-04-08 - Albert Herring

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Date: April 8, 2005
Creator: Opera Theatre
Description: Opera Theatre performance of Albert Herring at the UNT College of Music Lyric Theater.
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Ensemble: 2002-11-24 - Opera Theatre: Lucia di Lammermoor

Ensemble: 2002-11-24 - Opera Theatre: Lucia di Lammermoor

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Date: November 24, 2002
Creator: Opera Theatre
Description: Presented at the Lyric Theater at the Murchison Performing Arts Center.
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Ensemble: 2002-11-22 - Opera Theatre: Lucia di Lammermoor

Ensemble: 2002-11-22 - Opera Theatre: Lucia di Lammermoor

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Date: November 22, 2002
Creator: Opera Theatre
Description: Presented at the Lyric Theater at the Murchison Performing Arts Center.
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Ensemble: 2008-11-16 - UNT Opera

Ensemble: 2008-11-16 - UNT Opera

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Date: November 16, 2008
Creator: UNT Opera
Description: Opera performed at the UNT College of Music Lyric Theater.
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Singing in English in the 21St Century: a StudyComparing and Applying the Tenets of Madeleine Marshall and Kathryn Labouff

Singing in English in the 21St Century: a StudyComparing and Applying the Tenets of Madeleine Marshall and Kathryn Labouff

Date: August 2015
Creator: Reikofski, Helen Dewey
Description: The English diction texts by Madeleine Marshall and Kathryn LaBouff are two ofthe most acclaimed manuals on singing in this language. Differences in style between the two have separated proponents to be primarily devoted to one or the other. An in-depth study, comparing the precepts of both authors, and applying their principles, has resulted in an understanding of their common ground, as well as the need for the more comprehensive information, included by LaBouff, on singing in the dialect of American Standard, and changes in current Received Pronunciation, for British works, and Mid-Atlantic dialect, for English language works not specifically North American or British. Chapter 1 introduces Marshall and The Singer’s Manual of English Diction, and LaBouff and Singing and Communicating in English. An overview of selected works from Opera America’s resources exemplifies the need for three dialects in standardized English training. Chapter 2 reviews notational and diction resources, and use of the International Phonetic Association’s alphabet (IPA). Chapter 3 directly compares Marshall and LaBouff’s views of the importance of the unstressed syllable, often schwa [ә] or open I [ɪ], as vital to allowing the audience to understand the flow of the sung text, and contrasts their differences regarding < ...
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A Practical Approach to Donald Martino's Twelve-Tone Song Cycles: Three Songs and Two Rilke Songs, for Performance

A Practical Approach to Donald Martino's Twelve-Tone Song Cycles: Three Songs and Two Rilke Songs, for Performance

Date: May 2011
Creator: Yang, Yoon Joo.
Description: The performance of vocal works using the twelve-tone technique requires thorough study of complex rhythms, non-tonal melodies, non-traditional notations, and specific musical terms. They generally also require advanced and varied vocal techniques. Twelve-tone vocal works often contain unusual features vital to the composer's intention. One of the premiere twelve-tone composers in the United States, Donald Martino (1931-2005) composed only two solo vocal works using the twelve-tone technique: Three Songs (1955) and Two Rilke Songs (1961). He has explored innovative and progressive uses of the twelve-tone technique, and composed music with particular methods of his own, later used by other composers. Three Songs, his first twelve-tone work, and Two Rilke Songs, the only twelve-tone song cycle in his mature style, present comparable features in his use of the twelve-tone technique, text setting, and notations. The variety of ways in which Martino uses these features in the song cycles is discussed in the performance guide. The intention of the present study is to help performers, especially singers, understand Donald Martino's two twelve-tone song cycles, and to aid in the preparation of an excellent performance. The study includes a study of historical context, the poems, and Martino's compositional and aesthetic approaches to setting ...
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Ensemble: 2010-09-18 - UNT Opera

Ensemble: 2010-09-18 - UNT Opera

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Date: September 18, 2010
Creator: UNT Opera
Description: Opera presented at the UNT College of Music Winspear Performance Hall.
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Ensemble: 2010-03-05 - UNT Opera and UNT Symphony Orchestra

Ensemble: 2010-03-05 - UNT Opera and UNT Symphony Orchestra

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Date: March 5, 2010
Creator: UNT Opera
Description: Opera presented at the UNT College of Music Lyric Theater.
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Ensemble: 2010-02-26 - UNT Opera and UNT Symphony Orchestra

Ensemble: 2010-02-26 - UNT Opera and UNT Symphony Orchestra

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Date: February 26, 2010
Creator: UNT Opera
Description: Opera presented at the UNT College of Music Lyric Theater.
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Ensemble: 2009-08-10 - UNT Opera - Summer Opera Workshop

Ensemble: 2009-08-10 - UNT Opera - Summer Opera Workshop

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Date: August 10, 2009
Creator: UNT Opera - Summer Opera Workshop
Description: Opera presented at the UNT College of Music Lyric Theater.
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Ensemble: 2010-03-07 - UNT Opera and UNT Symphony Orchestra

Ensemble: 2010-03-07 - UNT Opera and UNT Symphony Orchestra

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Date: March 7, 2010
Creator: UNT Opera
Description: Opera presented at the UNT College of Music Lyric Theater.
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Ensemble: 2010-02-28 - UNT Opera and UNT Symphony Orchestra

Ensemble: 2010-02-28 - UNT Opera and UNT Symphony Orchestra

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Date: February 28, 2010
Creator: UNT Opera
Description: Opera presented at the UNT College of Music Lyric Theater.
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Ensemble: 2009-08-08 - UNT Opera - Summer Opera Workshop

Ensemble: 2009-08-08 - UNT Opera - Summer Opera Workshop

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Date: August 8, 2009
Creator: UNT Opera - Summer Opera Workshop
Description: Opera presented at the UNT College of Music Lyric Theater.
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Ensemble: 2009-08-09 - UNT Opera - Summer Opera Workshop

Ensemble: 2009-08-09 - UNT Opera - Summer Opera Workshop

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Date: August 9, 2009
Creator: UNT Opera - Summer Opera Workshop
Description: Opera presented at the UNT College of Music Lyric Theater.
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