Dr. Vera Ivanova, Composer
Vera Ivanova,
composer

'...internationally recognized as an emerging artist of great talent.'

Campus Times (University of Rochester/Eastman)

Black Echo

for Piano (2006)

This piece was inspired by the lute ayre of John Dowland (1563-1626) “Flow my tears,”

Program Notes:
This piece was inspired by the lute ayre of John Dowland (1563-1626) “Flow my tears,”
and in particular by the opening vocal phrase, consisting of two descending tetrachords.
The tetrachords are not quoted exactly; they are free of modal/tonal implications and act
rather as a distant “echo” of Dowland’s song. The tetrachords are harmonically altered to
create and dismantle symmetric and asymmetric harmonic complexes, reflected by the
resonance of the low black-key cluster, silently depressed throughout the piece. The right
and middle pedals reinforce the allusive echoing of the tetrachords, which serve not only
as a reference, but also as constructive material for the entire piece.

Instrumentation
piano
Premiere
May 7, 2006
Score Sample
Black Echo (pg. 1-2)
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Performances:

October 12th, 2015
Black Echo, for Piano (2006) - ensemble iiiiiiiii
Ilshin Hall (Seoul, Korea)
This performance is a part of iN Festival, running on October 12-15, 2015.
October 18th, 2014
Black Echo, for Piano (2006) - Sina Karachiani
Aura, for clarinet solo (2011) - Andrew Leonard
July 28th, 2014
Black Echo, for Piano (2006) - Miki Sawada
Lorimer Chapel (Waterville, ME)
This performance is a part of Piano Institute at the 2014 Atlantic Music Festival
October 28th, 2008
Black Echo, for Piano (2006) - Yuti Lauda
Indonesia
Yogyakarta Contemporary Music Festival 2008
November 11th, 2006
Black Echo, for Piano (2006)
Hamilton College, Sar Shalom Strong (Clinton, NY)
SCI Region II Conference
June 24th, 2006
Black Echo, for Piano (2006)
Brown Hall (Boston, MA)
Summer Institute for Contemporary Piano Performance
May 7th, 2006
Black Echo, for Piano (2006) - Winnie Cheung
Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY)