Sabina honored with ASCAP MusicPlus Award
For the 17th straight year, Dr. Leslie Sabina has hit just the right note with ASCAP.
The chair of St. Bonaventure University’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts, Sabina was honored by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers with another MusicPlus Award.
ASCAP has given Sabina, director of SBU’s music program, a MusicPlus Award every year since 1995. Read more.
-- November 2012
Peterson presents lecture/performance at National Flute Association Conference
Professor Laura Peterson, piano, and Dr. Julia Tunstall, flute, presented a lecture/performance at the National Flute Association Conference in Las Vegas in August 2012. The presentation, “Béla Bartók and the Folk Music Tradition,” detailed Bartók’s collection, transcription and analysis of folk songs and peasant dances from Hungary, Romania, Transylvania, Slovakia, and North Africa, as well as the use of those songs in his original compositions. Bartók’s essays and articles, his methods of collection, and his photographic documentation of the people he recorded and lived with, were focal points of the first part of the lecture.
The work, Tizenöt magyar paraszdtal (Fifteen Hungarian Peasant Songs), was originally composed for solo piano between 1914-18. Paul Arma’s famous transcription of the work, Suite Paysanne Hongroise for flute and piano, was the focus of the second half of the lecture. Peterson and Tunstall completed an analysis of the folk melodies used in each movement, playing Bartók's original recordings of each to illustrate the link between folk song and art music composition. To complete the presentation, they performed the Suite Paysanne Hongroise in its entirety.