Dr. Vera Ivanova, Composer
Vera Ivanova,
composer

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

Campus Times (University of Rochester/Eastman)

Quiet Light

violin solo (2009)

"Quiet Light" refers to the special natural lighting that one can see in an old Russian Orthodox Church. It is dedicated to David Liptak, my composition teacher.

Program Notes:
Quiet Light refers to one of the oldest Christian songs ("Svete tikhiy," Rus.) which dates back to the 5th century, and which usually follows a psalm in the Russian Orthodox Church. It literally means “quiet light” (and is usually translated as “gladsome light”).
“Svete tikhiy” was previously set by numerous composers; the most well-known settings that are often performed in concert are by Pavel Tchesnokov, Alexander Grechaninov, and Sergei Rachmaninoff (as a part of his “All-Night Vigil”).
My Quiet Light does not quote the song or the text, or any of its musical settings; rather, it refers to the special natural lighting that one can see in an old Russian Orthodox Church. If one looks up, standing below the dome, the rays of light strikingly cut the darkness of the church, highlighting the frescos on the wall, creating a very special atmosphere.

Duration
c. 7 minutes
Premiere
April 10, 2010, Luke Fitzpatrick
Audio Sample
Quiet_Light-fragment
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Score Sample
Quiet_Light_p1
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Performances:

December 2nd, 2014
Quiet Light, violin solo (2009) - Sarah Thornblade
This performance is a part of Synchromy guest appearance at Outpost Concert Series at UCR's Culver Center for the Arts.
August 25th, 2012
Quiet Light, violin solo (2009)
April 10th, 2010
Quiet Light, violin solo (2009)
ASTO Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA)