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Diane Thome

Instrumental Music

Silver Deer

The title of the work is taken from a small section of the epic poem SAVITRI by the Indian writer Sri Aurobindo. The title was chosen because of the qualities of lightness, grace, speed, scintillation, evanescence and arrest suggested by the poetry. While the compositional exploration of these qualities is non-literal, subtle and not fully susceptible to verbal description, the musical dimension most affected by the composers internalizing the poetry was the temporal one. The rhythmic aspects of the work, both in the large and the small, are characterized by sudden shifts of activity, density, and silence.

Violin Solo with Piano Accompaniment

Silver Deer

Violin Solo part & Piano accompaniment$23.00

Vocal Music : Small Ensemble

The Yew Tree

This piece was inspired by a desire to provide a musical setting for the poem by Robert Strassburg entitled, "Love's Springtime." The title, THE YEW TREE, is a reference to a central image of the poem which occurs at the beginning of its second verse. The poetic line is exploited compositionally as a primary structural demarcation. This work has been recorded on Crystal Records with soprano Montserrat Alavedra.

Soprano Solo with Large Chamber Ensemble Accompaniment
Full scores (2), parts: 1Fl., 1 Ob., 1 Cl., 1 Basn., Violin, Viola, Violoncello, Harp, Celeste, Piano, Glockenspiel, Xylophone, Vibraphone, Chimes, Timpani, Temple Blocks, Suspended Cymbal, Giant Tam Tam.

The Yew Tree

Full Score and Parts$45.00

Diane Thome

Composer of a wide variety of works spanning solo, chamber, choral, orchestral, and electronic media, Diane Thome is former professor and chair of the composition program at the University of Washington School of Music. Her compositions have been presented in Europe, China, Australia, Israel, Canada, and the United States. She has been composer-in-residence at numerous institutions, including the University of Sussex (England), Bennington College, and the University of Cincinnati. Thome has also been a guest of the Ecole Nationale Claude Debussy and featured on French radio.

She is the first woman to receive a Ph.D. in music from Princeton, where she also received an M.F.A. in composition. Her other degrees include an M.A. in theory and composition from the University of Pennsylvania and two undergraduate degrees with distinction in piano and composition from the Eastman School of Music. Among her teachers were Dorothy Taubman in piano and Robert Strassburg, Roy Harris, Darius Milhaud, A.U. Boscovich, and Milton Babbitt in composition.

Thome’s honors include the 1994 Washington Composer of the Year; the 1995-96 Solomon Katz Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, University of Washington; and a 1998 International Computer Music Conference Commission. Recent commissions include those from the Bremerton Symphony Association, Seattle Symphony, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, The Eleusis Consortium, The Esoterics, and Trimpin. Her collaborative works include Night Passage, an environmental theatre piece for the Moore College of Arts in Philadelphia, and Angels, for virtual reality artwork shown at the Biennale des Arts Electroniques in Paris.

Thome’s music has been recorded on the CRI, Crystal Records, Capstone, Leonarda, and Centaur labels, including Palaces of Memory and Bright Air/Brilliant Fire, two monographic CDs of her electroacoustic music (Centaur).

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