Swarthout, Gladys

1949 TLS to composer Chas. Wakefield Cadman’s sister on pleasure of singing his song, “At Dawning”

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(1900-1969) American mezzo-soprano opera singer, radio and film star. She sang for the Ravinia Opera Company of Chicago for 3 seasons, and debuted with the New York Metropolitan Opera Company in 1929, where she sang for several decades. She starred in 5 films for Paramount Pictures, including “Rose of the Rancho”, “Romance in the Dark”, “Give Us This Night,” and “Ambush”. For the movie “Champagne Waltz” with Fred MacMurray, she sang in 5 languages for the foreign versions of the films. She also performed on televised opera shows on television. She was often heard on radio programs, including those of General Motors, RCA-Magic Key, Camel Caravan, the Ford Symphony and the Prudential Family Hour. One of her radio signature songs was “Bless this House.” She is the only woman to have sung for the entire assembled US Congress, and she also sang for the Diplomatic Corps, Supreme Court and the President on the occasion of the 150th Session of Congress. In 1956, Swarthout was diagnosed with a mitral heart valve problem. In 1958, Dr. Paul Dudley White presented her with the American Heart Association's very first "Heart-of-the-Year" Award, given annually to a distinguished American whose faith and courage in meeting the personal challenge of heart disease have inspired new hope for hearts. She died at 68 from heart disease. TLS on her 10 ½ x 7 ¼ New York City address letterhead, August 29 1949, to Mrs. Maybell Cadman Cascino (sister of composer Charles Waskefield Cadman), West Los Angeles. Swarthout thanks Cascino for her very sweet note and states: “There are cetain songs which are as fresh and meaningful today as they were the day they were written and ‘At Dawning’ is one. So it is always a pleasure for me to sing it.” Swarthout is also glad Cascino liked "Baïlèro", one of Swarthout’s “pets.” Charles Wakefield Cadman (1881-1946) American composer, greatly influenced by American Indian music. Success came when soprano Lillian Nordica sang one of his Indian songs, “From the Land of Sky Blue Waters”. Another Indian song well-known in the 20's was “At Dawning”. He moved to Los Angeles and helped found, and often was a soloist with, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. He wrote scores for films inc. “The Sky Hawk”, “Captain of the Guard”, “Women Everywhere”, and was considered one of Hollywood’s top composers. He wrote for nearly every genre, his chamber works considered among his best. There, he introduced elements of Ragtime into classical music anticipating Gershwin, Stravinsky, Milhaud, and others. "Baïlèro", sung in the local language, Occitan, is the best known song from “Chants d'Auvergne”, a collection of folk songs from the Auvergne region of France arranged for soprano voice and orchestra or piano by Joseph Canteloube 1923-30.

Condition: Very good, 2 mail folds
Type:Letter






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