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Canadian Women Composers collection
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Ana Sokolović

Series consists of a manuscript of the printed first version of Il divertimento barocco (“Baroque Fun” in Italian) 1999 with hand-written edits and other unique manuscript material related to the work’s revision in 2019/2020. The piece was commissioned by the Orchestre baroque de Montréal with funding from Canada Council for the Arts and completed by Sokolovic in 1999, when it was performed at the Salle Pierre-Mercure in Montréal on November 4th. It was originally written for violin, harpsichord, and string ensemble, but has also been performed by baroque flute, violin, viola da gamba, and harpsichord at the Galerie Montcalm in Gatineau, QC in 2012.

Sokolović, Ana

[Athabasca – Prints]

File consists of five large format artist proofs of photographs that were printed during Carruther’s residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts. They measure 29” x 44” (74cm x 112cm) and are comprised of giclée on Epson enhanced matter paper.

[Athabasca Oversize Prints]

Prints depict photographs taken by Carruthers during her research trip to Athabasca Glacier in Alberta on May 23rd, 2017 and subsequently used as inspiration for her composition, slippages.

Barbara Monk Feldman

Series consists of scores, edits, correspondence, and a publication related to two compositions by Barbara Monk Feldman: The Northern Shore for Percussion, Piano and Chamber Orchestra; and, The Pale Blue Northern Sky. The Northern Shore for Percussion, Piano, and Chamber Orchestra is a 2018 revision of Monk Feldman’s 1997 work, The Northern Shore. Whereas the earlier version was written for violin, piano, and percussion, the revision is scored for chamber orchestra. Monk Feldman wrote the piece as an abstracted impression of the colors, textures, and atmospheres evoked by a specific place and time in nature, in particular the Gaspé Peninsula in Quebec where the St. Lawrence River widens into the ocean. Here, the opposite shore appears across the water to Monk Feldman as a sort of mirage that is either enhanced or diminished by the intensity of light on the water during the day. It is this memory of light that Monk Feldman found inspiring, utilizing the way that differing registrations of the violin are sustained in relation to the percussion and piano as an intimation of light and horizon. The Pale Blue Northern Sky was similarly inspired by the same Gaspé location and thus acts a ‘sister piece’ to The Northern Shore. It was written in 2007 for two guitars and a mandolin.

Monk Feldman, Barbara

Canadian Women Composers collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1817
  • Collection
  • 1997 - 2019

Collection consists of primary resources and related materials created and used by Canadian women composers. Each series is dedicated to one of the participating composers, which currently consists of Deborah Carruthers, Dorothy Chang, Zosha Di Castri, Barbara Monk Feldman, and Ana Sokolović. Materials include a variety of records, such as original scores, manuscripts, working drafts, photographs, prints, published articles, correspondence, and materials used as inspiration in the artists' work. Going forward, the collection is expected to evolve and incorporate additional Canadian women composers.

Canadian Women Composers Collection Correspondence [Di Castri]

File consists of a related composition entitled Patina, a musical program, and an essay by Di Castri as well as an agreement, invoice, and various correspondences between her and Kevin Madill, the Head Librarian at UBC’s Music, Art, and Architecture Library, in reference to her contributions to the Canadian Women Composers Collection.

Composition Inspirational Materials

File consists of materials that served as inspiration to Di Castri during the writing of Sprung Testament, including Beethoven letters and “The Topography of Tears,” a photographic investigation of tears by Rose-Lynn Fisher.

Deborah Carruthers

Series consists of original graphic scores, conductor's score, working templates, notes, art prints, and photographs related to the work ‘slippages’ by Montréal based composer and interdisciplinary artist Deborah Carruthers. In 2017, Carruthers served as the inaugural Artist in Residence at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, University of British Columbia (UBC). Deborah teamed up with science researchers at the institution as well as the UBC School of Music to find a way to creatively combine sound, science, and visual art for the purpose of increasing public awareness of the climate crisis. Carruthers conducted field work for the project in the Columbia Icefield along the border of British Columbia and Alberta. Inspired by the threatened glacial landscape, Carruthers returned to her Montréal studio and completed a series of paintings, 27 of which were selected and arranged to produce a graphic score. Graphic scores use visual symbols to represent music rather than traditional music notation. Because of their emphasis on the visual, graphic scores are frequently considered works of art in and of themselves. Moving from sight to sound is accomplished through the creation of a geography of the orchestra on a sheet of transparent plastic which is then used to map over Carruthers’ art works and determine which instruments take responsibility for which parts of the images. ‘Slippages’ premiered Friday, October 5th, 2018, at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts with the UBC Symphony Orchestra under the baton of the symphony’s Director, Dr. Jonathan Girard. Project documentation includes a notebook holding hand-written texts revealing assimilation of glacial theory, inspirational preliminary sketches, and unique inserts; an audio/video recording of the premier; and a copy of a video component to be shown above the orchestra as it performs the work.

Carruthers, Deborah

[Di Castri Photos]

Photographs depict: Di Castri's unique piano preparation for Sprung Testament; Di Castri handing her scores over to Kevin Madill, the Head Librarian of UBC's Music, Art, and Architecture Library, for the purpose of this collection; and a screenshot of Jennifer Koh's show description.

Dorothy Chang

Series consists of final scores, edited scores, notes, and a musical program related to Dorothy Chang’s composition Gateways: Double Concerto for Erhu and Piano. Gateways was commissioned by Nicole Ge Li and Corey Hamm of the Piano-Erhu Project (PEP). Players of the erhu and piano, respectively, they began PEP as a means of exploring the tonal, musical, and cultural blends between two iconic Eastern and Western instruments. For her addition to PEP’s mission, Chang reflected on how she might address the issue of ‘east meets west,’ especially given the solo instruments’ highly distinct and disparate sonic characteristics, performance practices, and musical traditions. Gradually, the piece evolved as a patchwork of musical fragments, moments, and memories gathered from her own multicultural experiences as a first-generation Chinese American, a Western expatriate living in Taiwan, and now an immigrant to Canada. Woven into the three movements are references to a 90’s Chinese pop song, a children’s rhyme, opulent Romanticism, American minimalism, and other influences both subtle and not. The title refers to a Tang Dynasty poem that depicts a gateway as both an opportunity and a barrier, reflecting a deep yearning for a faraway time, place, or memory. The work premiered April 14, 2018 at the VSO Annex Theatre; Ge Li and Hamm served as soloists; William Rowson conducted members of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Chang, Dorothy

Gateways – Movement 1

File includes initial ideas, concepts, sketches, and a working draft for Movement 1 of Gateways, entitled "a letter to home," along with handwritten edits and notes.

Gateways – Movement 3

File includes planning notes, sketches, and drafts of Movement 3 of Gateways, entitled "games," along with a photocopy of each page and Chang's explanation and timeline of changes.

slippages – Conductor’s Score

File consists of the score co-created by Maestro Jonathan Girard and Deborah Carruthers to be used in the performance of slippages by the UBC Symphony Orchestra as well as the transparent overlay they used to map out responsibilities within the orchestra.

For their performance of slippages, Carruthers and Girard approached the task of interpreting graphic scores by mapping the seating arrangement onto the images themselves, creating a sort of geography of the orchestra. By creating a transparent overlay of the orchestral seating chart, they could go page by page and figure out which instruments would take responsibility for which parts of the images. Once areas of the image were assigned to orchestral sections, the musicians looked at the depth and saturation of the colours and translated them into musical intensity, texture, and so on. Next, Carruthers and Girard mapped out the relationship between the layered pages of the score, interpreting how glaciers reveal themselves and their histories as they melt due to climate change. In this composer's score, those parts are assigned based on the seating chart.

slippages – Original Graphic Score

File consists of 27 pages, made up of a front cover, 25 score pages, and back cover. The graphic score is on 18” x 24” bespoke St-Armand cotton paper, in acrylic ink with sea salt. Carruthers commissioned St-Armand, a paper-making company in Montréal, to make the paper special for the project and include random holes.

As for the art itself, Carruthers worked with a palette of yellows, blues, and greys similar to the hues she observed during her fieldwork in the Columbia Icefield. She painted the scores on the specially commissioned and perforated paper. Her idea was that, when stacked, they would mimic the layers of a glacier. Accordingly, the original graphic score is meant to be presented stacked, with page one on top. Staying true to glaciers, each sheet represents a history, with the most recent history first.

In their collaborative interpretation of the score, Carruthers and Maestro Girard mapped out the relationship between the layered pages of the artwork and how they reflect the revealed histories of glaciers as they melt due to climate change. In practical terms, this means that parts of the score two pages down will be revealed through the holes in previous pages, so parts of the score begin to be played several pages before they are fully realized.

slippages – Study Score

File consists of a bound version of the graphic score, produced by Maestro Jonathan Girard after the performance of slippages as a method of documentation. Notes included on the pages are his.

Zosha Di Castri

Series consists of scores, sketches, notes, edited drafts, correspondence, inspirational materials, and photographs related to Zosha Di Castri’s composition Sprung Testament: Duo for Violin and Prepared Piano. The work is a collaborative piece between composer/pianist Di Castri and violinist Jenny Koh. Koh was planning a series of concerts for National Sawdust, an innovative arts institution located in Brooklyn, New York, and reached out to various composers/performers to participate. Koh set the theme of the concert, asking each composer to engage with the idea of rebirth and evolution. In response, Di Castri wrote Sprung Testament which encapsulates the concepts of spring and rebirth. In their conversations, the two musicians questioned the journey one goes through in life to transcend personal struggles. Di Castri used sticky mounting putty to modify the piano, thereby creating unique sounds and highlighting Koh’s theme of transformation. Print photographs of the prepared piano can be found in the "Images" file of the fonds. Koh and Di Castri premiered Sprung Testament at National Sawdust on March 15th, 2018.

Di Castri, Zosha