Beeson, Jack

Lengthy AMQS from Act 1, Scene 1 of his opera “Lizzie Borden”, with lyrics

Price: $135.00

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Jack Beeson (1921-2010) American composer known particularly for his operas, best known of which are “Lizzie Borden”, “Hello Out There!” and “The Sweet Bye and Bye”. Decided to compose in 1933 influenced by Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts. Studied privately with Béla Bartók 1944-45 while associating with Columbia University Opera Workshop and Columbia Theatre Associates opera productions. In 1946-47, he was adapting Paul Goodman's play and composing music for “Jonah” as well as writing and performing the Fifth Sonata on piano. Beeson won the Prix de Rome and Fulbright scholarship which allowed him to live in Rome 1948-50. At Columbia 1953-54, adapted Saroyan's play as a libretto and composed “Hello Out There” as well as superintending its first performance. Collaborated with Kenward Elmslie on “The Sweet Bye and Bye” 1955-58, first performed at the Juilliard. He recorded and published “Lizzie Borden” 1965-67 (a Family Portrait in 3 acts, libretto by by Elmslie based on a scenario by Richard Plant, commissioned by the Ford Foundation), televised by NET Opera and revived by the New York City Opera. Named MacDowell Professor of Music at Columbia. Wrote “Cyrano”, a heroic comedy in music, with Sheldon Harnick 1981-91. With librettos also by Harnick, wrote “Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines” (1975, romantic comedy in music in 3 acts), and “Doctor Heidegger's Fountain of Youth” (1978, 1 act chamber opera). Chose early retirement from Columbia 1988. He has also written orchestral works, works for concert band, solo and chamber works, and vocal works. Kenward Elmslie (b. 1929) American writer, performer, editor, publisher associated with the New York School of poetry. Harvard ’50 with BA in literature, began career collaborating with composers on operas and musicals in an attempt to bring a contemporary style to classical theater. A 1971 collection of his writing, “Motor Disturbance” won the Frank O'Hara Award for Poetry and he received the National Endowment of the Arts Award for “Power Plant Sestina” (1967) and the Ford Foundation Grant. During 1973 he became editor & publisher of Z Magazine and Z Press, working to promote the work of other New York School artists and his work with graphic artists combined poetry with art to emphasis their interconnectedness. Lengthy AMQS on 4 ¼ x 9 ½ piece of music paper from Act 1 Scene 1 of “Lizzie Borden” with lyrics (“Toiling early in the morning, catching moments through the clay, nothing small or lowly scorning” )in hand of, and also signed by, Kenwood Elmslie at bottom.

Condition: Very good
Type:AMQS






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