Catalogue Raisonne As Memoir: A Composer's Life by Dominick Argento

By Dominick Argento

The prestigious American composer Dominick Argento is understood for the care with which he selects the themes for his works, be they meant for opera condominium, live performance auditorium, recital corridor, or church, and for the private involvement and curiosity that continuously shine via his song from the most well known in 1951 of Songs approximately Spring to Orpheus in 2000. every one bankruptcy of this luminous and revealing memoir is predicated on a specific composition, surrounded via Argento's reflections at the interval in his lifestyles whilst the piece used to be written and its establishing functionality. Songs approximately Spring, a piece of his undergraduate years, stirs stories of his teacher Nicholas Nabokov (friend of Stravinsky and cousin to Vladimir), with whom he discovered to drink martinis, and likewise of his first collaboration with Carolyn Bailey, the soprano who could later turn into his spouse. within the bankruptcy on Casa Guidi, the 2004 Grammy-winning piece in accordance with letters from Elizabeth Barrett Browning to her sister Henrietta, Argento unearths that his selection of that topic used to be due partially to the truth that the actual Casa Guidi, the place Browning lived, used to be just a couple of blocks from his personal house in Florence and a common vacation spot for his site visitors. supplying perception into his genuine compositional technique, he additionally stocks the non-public diary he stored whereas composing The Voyage of Edgar Allan Poe, which information his wide study and guidance for writing that paintings in addition to its tricky highway to creation and function. In a life of compositions that experience engaged Western tradition from Chekhov to overlook Manners, from Don Juan to the Bremen city musicians, Dominick Argento has inspired audiences to target the hopes and fears that experience outlined human lifestyles and their very own lives. Now he invitations us to percentage his personal, illuminating the character of musical composition and its carry at the human mind's eye. Dominick Argento taught track idea and composition for almost 40 years on the college of Minnesota. He used to be presented a Pulitzer Prize in 1975 for the track cycle From the Diary of Virginia Woolf and a Grammy in 2004 for most sensible modern Classical Composition for Casa Guidi.

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He, too, it seems, was bored. C OLONEL J ONATHAN THE S AINT / 33 Christopher Sly (1962)  Opera in two scenes and an interlude 70 minutes Libretto by John Gay Manlove, based on William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew Performed 31 May 1963, Scott Hall Theater, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Vern Sutton, tenor; Mike Carrier, baritone; et al. William Johnson, conductor C hristopher Sly is the result of a request from the Mu Phi Epsilon music fraternity. It was designed for the highly limited resources available, both vocal and technical.

A good composer ought to be able to make a perfectly acceptable melody of any arbitrary collection of notes, be they arrived at through transposing his area code and phone number or the digits on his Social Security card. A day or two after the premiere of Variations for Orchestra, a letter to the editor appeared in the Minneapolis Tribune. It had been written by one Bruce Carlson, a law student at the university, someone completely unknown to me at the time. The letter was an encomium for my composition and for Carolyn’s singing.

He, too, it seems, was bored. C OLONEL J ONATHAN THE S AINT / 33 Christopher Sly (1962)  Opera in two scenes and an interlude 70 minutes Libretto by John Gay Manlove, based on William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew Performed 31 May 1963, Scott Hall Theater, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Vern Sutton, tenor; Mike Carrier, baritone; et al. William Johnson, conductor C hristopher Sly is the result of a request from the Mu Phi Epsilon music fraternity. It was designed for the highly limited resources available, both vocal and technical.

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