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Collaborative Storytelling through Contemporary Composition: Examining participation in the creation and performance of meaningful works through Judith Weir’s woman.life.song
Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Department of Classical Music.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis [Artistic work]
Abstract [en]

Through examining Judith Weir’s woman.life.song (2000), the work presented in this written reflection is centered on the power of collaboration and context to create meaningful art and music that express important and often underrepresented experiences. Through a musical and sociological analysis of this piece, it is examined how the personal is political and how the creation of music and art are therefore inherently political projects. This paper argues that musicians have a responsibility to consciously select our repertoire: a conscience based upon an understanding of intersectionality. Such consciousness must take into account structures of sexism and racism, which positions music in its socio-political context and actively challenges the concept of “quality” as it is constructed in the art music canon. Placing the composer and authors within their broader socio-political contexts, it is argued that lifting pieces such woman.life.song are important contributions of a musician’s participation in music. This paper draws upon work in sociology that centers on identity to examine how structures of power impact the voices that are heard and that are represented in the musical canon.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 22
Keywords [en]
feminism, intersectionality, gender, contemporary music, female composer, chamber orchestra, text, song cycle, collaboration
Keywords [sv]
genus, kvinnlig tonsättare, sångcykel, samarbete, feminismen, intersektionalitet
National Category
Music
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kmh:diva-2791OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kmh-2791DiVA, id: diva2:1213708
Educational program
Kandidatprogram musiker
Presentation
2018-05-28, Kungasalen på Kungliga Musikhögskolan, Valhallavägen 105, Stockholm, 19:00 (Swedish)
Supervisors
Examiners
Note

Kristine Nowlain, sopran

Gustave Charpentier (1860-1956)

Depuis le jour

Ur Louise(Louise)

Libretto av G. Charpentier

Albert Dahllöf, piano

 

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968)

The Divan of Moses-Ibn-Ezra

1. When the morning of life has passed

2. The dove that nests in the tree-top

3. Wrung with anguish

Text av Moses-Ibn-Ezra (1058-1138) 

Gustav Sondén, gitarr

 

 

Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)

Bachianas Brasileiras, no. 5 (Aria)

Text av Ruth V. Corrêa 

Gustav Sondén, gitarr

 

 

Åke Uddén (1903-1987)

Tre sånger ur ”Les Chanson de Bilitis” 

1. Tendresses

3. Chanson

Text av Pierre Louÿs (1870-1925)

Johanna Johnsson, piano

 

Gösta Nyström (1890-1966)

På Reveln

3. Havet Sjunger

Text av Ebba Lindqvist (1908-1995)

Johanna Johnsson, piano

 

Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979)

The Seal Man

Text ur A Mainsail Haul av John Masefield (1878-1967)

Albert Dahllöf, piano

 

W.A. Mozart (1756-1791)

Ach, ich Fühl’s

Ur Die Zauberflöte(Pamina)

Libretto av Emanuel Schikaneder (1751-1812)

KMH Kammarorkester

 

Judith Weir (f. 1954)

woman.life.song

1c. Edge (text av Toni Morrison, f. 1931)

2. Eve Remembering (text av Toni Morrison)

3b. The Mothership: when a good mother sails from this world (Stave II) – (text av Clarissa Pinkola Estés, f. 1945)

KMH Kammarorkester: 

Sofia Winiarski, dirigent

Albert Dahllöf, piano

Andreas Nyström, slagverk

Astrid le Clercq, klarinett

Catrin Spångberg Johansson, altflöjt

Enno Leggedör, viola

Gustav Wetterbrandt, basklarinett

Henrik Wassenius, slagverk

Hugo Olsson, klarinett

Isabel Godau, violin

Johanna Moraeus, violin

Kajsa Nilsson, flöjt

Klara Källström, cello

Miia Roiko-Jokela, flöjt

Miriam Liljefors, harpa

Moa Nissfolk, gitarr

Ragnhild Kvist, viola

Simon Landqvist, slagverk

Svante Söderqvist, kontrabas

Viktoria Hillerud, cello

 

Available from: 2018-06-05 Created: 2018-06-05 Last updated: 2018-06-05Bibliographically approved

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