A CONDUCTOR'S GUIDE TO SELECTED CHORAL WORKS OF MODESTA BOR
Modesta Bor (1926-1998) was one of the outstanding Venezuelan composers, conductors, music educators and musicologists of the twentieth century. She wrote music for orchestra, chamber music, piano solo, piano and voice, and incidental music. She also wrote more than 95 choral works for mixed voices and 130 for equal-voice choir. Her style is a mixture of Venezuelan nationalism and folklore with European traits she learned in her studies in Russia. Chapter One contains a historical background of the evolution of Venezuelan art music since the colonial period, beginning in 1770. Knowing the state of art music in Venezuela helps one to understand the unusual nature of the Venezuelan choral movement that developed in the first half of the twentieth century. The second chapter contains a biography of the composer and takes into consideration the three main areas of influence in her musical style. In the third chapter, I discuss Bor’s compositional traits as they pertain to melody, harmony, rhythm, texture, form, and performance practice of her works, paying particular attention to providing useful information to conductors. I provided a guide to conductors in matters such as: realizing the rhythmic content of her music and interpreting rests in her music; approaching the polyphonic textures that often accompany a melody; recognizing implied tempo changes and rubato within a work that are not specified in the score; interpreting the presence or absence of dynamics in her scores; understanding the relationship between text and music; providing information to the pronunciation of the nonsense syllables. Bor’s works discussed in Chapter Three are: Balada de la luna, luna, Canto a la vida, La cabrita, Regreso al mar, Canto de paz, Manchas sonoras and Aquí te amo. Bor’s folk-influenced music and choral arrangements are addressed in Chapter Four. In some of her aguinaldos and other folk music, rhythmic and textural elements are discussed. Chapter Five consists of a complete list of Bor’s choral compositions and sources where these works may be obtained. A summary and conclusions are presented in Chapter Six.
School:University of Cincinnati
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:venezuelan choral music modesta bor women in
Date of Publication:01/01/2006