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String Quartet "Béton Brut. C'est Formidable!" (2021)
Program Note: This piece was inspired by my earliest memories of brutalist architecture from when I was a child visiting Crimea. I witnessed these large soviet brutalist structures that were built in the 1970s. These buildings always instilled a sense of awe whilst also being tremendously terrifying in their stark contrast to the architecture that I was used to seeing back in the United States. This piece is dedicated to my familial apartment in Sevastopol, "Repina 18". Composer: Tamara McLeod (b.1999) Premiered by violinists Arun Asthagiri, Alex Heidt, violist marcus Stevenson, and cellist Isaac Pagano-Toub at the Bowdoin International Music Festival Student Composer's Concert in August 2021
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
“Dirge for a Joker” by Tamara McLeod ’21
The San Francisco Conservatory of Music streamed the 9th Biennial Art Song Composition Competition on March 24, 2021. Switching off with the Choral Composition Competition year by year, this competition sees student composers present works written for voice and piano. Tamara McLeod (BM ’21) was awarded the $100 third prize for “Dirge for a Joker;” poem by Sylvia Plath; sung by mezzo-soprano Ava Harmon (BM ’21), accompanied by Dana Marie Chan (MM ’22). McLeod studies with David Garner; Harmon studies with Cathy Cook.
"Mise en Abyme" for piano (2021)
:An image within an image: a story within a story: Composer: Tamara McLeod (b.1999) Program Note: This piece is inspired by a work from the series “Rayographs 1921” by visual artist Man Ray. A rayograph is created by exposing various objects to a light source when placed onto photosensitized paper. The particular rayograph which inspired this piece features a spiral that widens in a continuous curve around a central point. Premiered by my wonderful friend and marvelous pianist Andrej Markovich Composed and Performed at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music
"De Profundis" for SATB choir (2020)
custom demo recording done by Matthew Curtis of Choral Tracks Composer: Tamara McLeod (b.1999) on the poem of Federico Garcia Lorca De Profundis: Los cien enamorados duermen para siempre bajo la tierra seca. Andalucía tiene largos caminos rojos. Córdoba, olivos verdes donde poner cien cruces, que los recuerden. Los cien enamorados duermen para siempre. --Federico Garcia Lorca Those hundred lovers are asleep forever beneath the dry earth. Andalusia has long, red-colored roads. Córdoba, green olive trees for placing a hundred crosses, to remember them. Those hundred lovers are asleep forever. --Translation by Carlos Bauer Composed at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. This work placed second in the 2020 San Francisco Conservatory of Music 14th Biennial Choral Composition Competition.
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