Meet the 2002 MTNA-Shepherd Distinguished Composer of the Year. (Composer Commissioning).
To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,-- One clover, and a bee, And revery. The revery alone will do If bees are few. --Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
Timothy Hoekman used these lines from the Emily Dickinson poem as the first song in his new song cycle, To Make a Prairie, earning his designation as the 2002 MTNA-Shepherd Distinguished Composer of the Year. The song cycle consists of four Emily Dickinson texts and was performed at the MTNA MTNA Music Teachers National Association
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I talked with Hoekman about his piece and his career. He has been on the faculty at Florida State University Florida State University, at Tallahassee; coeducational; chartered 1851, opened 1857. Present name was adopted in 1947. Special research facilities include those in nuclear science and oceanography. since 1984, where he is professor of vocal coaching and accompanying. He has composed extensively for voice. Hoekman's compositions include four sets of songs published by Recital Publications: Seven Houseman Songs, American Lyrics, The Nash Menagerie and Bless This New Marriage: Three Wedding Songs. He also has composed a one-act opera titled Princess Gray Goose; Margarets: Two Songs for Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano mezzo-soprano: see soprano. and Piano; Then Swims Up the Great Round Moon (a song cycle for vocal quartet and piano) and Harlem Night Songs for SATB SATB Siouxsie and the Banshees (band)
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Hoekman holds a bachelor of arts degree from Calvin College This article is about a liberal arts college in the United States. For the school in Switzerland, see Collège Calvin. For the U.S. president, see Calvin Coolidge.
, a master of music degree from Peabody Conservatory of Music and a doctoral degree in piano performance from the University of Michigan (body, education) University of Michigan - A large cosmopolitan university in the Midwest USA. Over 50000 students are enrolled at the University of Michigan's three campuses. The students come from 50 states and over 100 foreign countries. . He started composing in graduate school in 1979, initially concentrating on solo songs and one choral piece. Much of his motivation for his compositional ideas comes from the text selected as the basis for the lyrics.
I asked him to describe To Make a Prairie and how the texts were chosen.
"I settled on the prairie/nature theme for these songs in order to reflect, as least in part, the fact that their creation came out of a South Dakota South Dakota (dəkō`tə), state in the N central United States. It is bordered by North Dakota (N), Minnesota and Iowa (E), Nebraska (S), and Wyoming and Montana (W). Music Teachers Association commission. I wanted poetry that would reflect the large expanse of land, the vast sky, the winters and the importance of all things natural in the primarily rural environment of South Dakota.
Although Emily Dickinson never visited South Dakota--or any prairie--she certainly wrote many poems about nature. The first poem I chose, 'To Make a Prairie,' seemed a perfect way to begin. In it, I tried to recreate in sound the simplicity and revery of the poem. The second poem, 'She Sweeps with Many Colored Brooms,' is about a beautiful sunset, and the music's sweeping phrases depict the wide expanse of a colorful evening sky.
"The third song, 'It Sifts from Leaden Sieves,' is a poetic and musical depiction of gently falling snow, which covers everything in a smooth, white blanket. The fourth, 'Two Butterflies Went Out at Noon and Waltzed Upon a Farm,' is the waltz of two butterflies. The constant triplet triplet /trip·let/ (trip´let)
1. one of three offspring produced at one birth.
2. a combination of three objects or entities acting together, as three lenses or three nucleotides.
3. figure in the accompaniment attempts to bring into view the two butterflies flitting flit
intr.v. flit·ted, flit·ting, flits
1. To move about rapidly and nimbly.
2. To move quickly from one condition or location to another.
1. A fluttering or darting movement. through a farm on a bright, sunny day. All of the poetic images chosen for these songs are visible in many geographic locations, but certainly they are part of life in South Dakota. I found the colorful, lyrical, image-rich language of Emily Dickinson ideal for setting to music." Hoekman further explained that, according to the South Dakota commission guidelines, the soprano part was constructed so it could be performed by an advanced high school or early collegiate singer.
I asked Timothy about his primary musical influences as a composer. "I don't think saying that the fact that you are influenced by any composers means you will sound like these composers." He then listed several composers he feels have influenced his compositional style, including Bach, Schubert, Schumann, Britten, Wolf and Argento.
As a composer, Hoekman exemplifies the composer-performer. He has worked extensively with both singers and piano accompanists at many colleges throughout the United States and performed as collaborative pianist nationwide and abroad. This experience is reflected in the well-integrated piano and vocal writing in To Make a Prairie.
This year, thirty-three states commissioned new works for consideration for the MTNA-Shepherd Distinguished Composer of the Year. Congratulations to South Dakota and to Timothy Hoekman for To Make a Prairie.
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