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assisted by Henning Vauth, piano
Emily Hall, clarinet
Michael Rose, tenor
Mycah Pemberton, Arika Michaelis, Madelyn Mazzeo Corynn Hawkins, Sean Price, Michael Rose Robert Nunez, Daniel Gray
This recital is presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in vocal performance. Ms. Campbell is a student in the voice studio of Professor Linda Dobbs.
Franz Schubert (1797- 1828) was a German composer during the romantic era of music. He is well known for his ability not only as a pianist, but also as a composer of German lieder. Though he only lived 31 years, he composed over 600 lieder in his short lifetime. "Der Hirt auf dem Felsen" (The Shepherd on the Rock) is a chamber work for soprano voice, clarinet, and piano, and is based upon texts by the German poet Wilhelm Müller. It was written in the final months of Schubert's life for soprano Pauline Anna Milder-Hauptmann and is the story of a young shepherd boy who stands in the hills, calling out to his love.
Henri Duparc (1848 - 1933) was a late romantic composer from France. He is credited with helping found the Society of Modern Music in Paris. A pupil of Cesar Franck, he began composing very early in his life and his output yielded many popular works. One such work is "Au pays où se fait la guerre" (To the country where war is waged), an art song written in 1869 and based on the poetry of Pierre Gautier. The major theme of the piece is introduced by the piano and intertwines with the vocal line to better showcase the poetry of the work. The text describes a woman waiting for her beloved to return from war each night. She waits and he does not return.
Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918) was a composer of French impressionist music who is well known for his lush sound. Audiences are more familiar with his piano works, such as Clair de lune and La catédrale engloutie, but he was also a prolific composer of French art song or melodie, as well. Noël des enfants qui n'ont plus de maisons (Noel of the children who no longer have any houses) is one such song that tells the story pf young French children during wartime. It is a plea from the youth of France and describes the sheer devastation that took hold of France at that time. Debussy also composed the text, which gives extra emphasis to the interpretation of the piece.
Francis Poulenc (1899 - 1963) was a French composer and trained pianist. His music is, for the most part, tonal, although he was one of the first vocal composers to experiment with pandiatonicism (diatonic chords without tonal functionality) and extreme chromaticism. Part of the French group Les Six, he is well-known for his musical rebellion against the impressionist styles of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel. This fact is portrayed well in his music, because unlike the harmonic wash of sound one experiences with Debussy, Poulenc's music flows more pointedly, with interesting harmonic textures scattered about "C" is one of his art songs that displays this quality in his music and, like the other French melodie on this recital presents a melancholy stance on revolution and war. The text is of the poet Louis D’Aragon, and speaks of the ghosts from past wars.
Sean Price (b. 1992) grew up in southern West Virginia. Extremely involved in music all of his life, Price entered the Marshall University School of Music and Theater in 2010 and is a composition student of Mark Zanter. "I Have Known the Summer" is an original text by Price, and is a nostalgic reflection of one's love. "I Gaze Upon You" is a choral piece for an octet, based on the text of French poet Paul Éluard. Over lush chords and dissonances the text explains exactly what it is to love someone.
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Campbell, Laura Nichole, "Marshall University Music Department Presents a Senior Recital, Laura Nichole Campbell, soprano" (2013). All Performances. 267.