Pedro Ximenez Abrill's Symphony No. 11: editorial research and performance considerations for modern premiere

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Eduardo Marcos Vargas (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Kevin Geraldi

Abstract: This study presents editorial research on Pedro Ximenez Abrill's Symphony No. 11. The work was re-discovered in 2004 in Bolivia, where the composer worked as Kapellmeister for the Cathedral of Sucre between 1833 and 1856. The symphony was composed circa 1840 and, following its discovery after one and a half centuries of unknown existence, a set of manuscript orchestra parts was transcribed into an urtext score by Bolivian musicologist Carlos Seoane Urioste in 2010. The transcription of the separate instrumental parts rendered a score that reflects numerous inconsistencies and errors in notation including notes, accidentals, rhythmic values, dynamics, articulation, and ornamentation. This urtext score - while a valuable source for research - does not constitute a practical resource for the performance of this symphony given the amount of notation discrepancies in it. The purpose of this study was to research the urtext score, the composer, the historical context, and the technical aspects of this symphony in order to produce a set of score and parts edited to a point that would allow a historically informed performance of this work. With the edited materials, the symphony was given its modern premiere, conducted by the author of this document, in March 2012 at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. The research in this document is presented in three main parts. The first regards historical research on the composer and his works, as well as the recent discovery of a large collection of his compositions. The second is a performance-directed analysis of formal and technical elements in the symphony. The third explains, in detail, the editorial process that was necessary in order to bring the original source materials to a state of practical use for public performance.

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Language: English
Date: 2012
Abrill, Bolivia, Pedro, Symphony, Vargas, Ximenez
Tirado, Pedro, $d 1780-1856
Symphonies $y 19th century $x Analysis, appreciation
Symphonies $y 19th century $x Analysis, appreciation

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