SONGS FOR CHATKA. Nine Nursery Rhymes

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SONGS FOR CHATKA. Nine Nursery Rhymes


Carman, Judith, Journal of Singing


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ABORN, LORA (1907-2005). SONGS FOR CHATKA. Nine Nursery Rhymes.

Medium or High Voice with Piano Accompaniment. Estate of Lora Aborn, 2005 (CVR). X; C^sub 4^-A^sub 5^; Tess: M, CR; regular meters; varied tempos; V/E-M, P/mE-mD; 13 pages. Mezzo soprano or Soprano.

Lora Aborn began her music studies in New York City, where she studied piano, music theory, and composition at the Effa Ellis Perfield School of Music. Finishing her high school years in California (where she lived with her aunt after her mother's death), she then attended Oberlin Conservatory as a composition major and later the American Conservatory in Chicago. Throughout her very long career as a composer-almost seventy years-she composed both instrumental and vocal music, much of which was performed regularly during her lifetime, although few songs were published until very recently.

While composing for the ballet and other instrumental ensembles, Lora Aborn was also the organist and music director of the Unitarian Universalist church, Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple, in Oak Park, Illinois, for over forty years. She remained composer-in-residence at the church and composed many vocal works especially for use in the Unitarian service. Three of the composer's songs are included on the CD titled My Native Land, Jennifer Larmore, mezzo soprano.

Songs for Chatka are settings of nine nursery rhymes composed for Aborn's daughter Chatka. All of the songs are very short with little or no text repetition for purposes of musical development; rather, the music for each text captures in the piano part the essence of the rhyme in both musical motive and motion and underlies a straightforward setting of the text.

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