Moore, Douglas

American composer of Yale fight song "Goodnight, Harvard" and operas, inc. "The Devil and Daniel Webster" and "The Ballad of Baby Doe"

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(1893-1969) American composer, educator and author, wrote music for the theater, film, ballet and orchestra. His greatest fame is associated with his operas, "The Devil and Daniel Webster" (1938) and "The Ballad of Baby Doe" (1956). He Moore earned two degrees from Yale, a B.A. in 1915 and a B.Mus in 1917. After Navy service, he studied in Paris with Nadia Boulanger and Vincent D'Indy, and at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Ernest Bloch. Moore was president of the National Institute and American Academy of Arts and Letters 1953-56, a member since 1941. He made his debut as a composer and conductor in 1923 conducting his "Four Museum Pieces" with the Cleveland Orchestra. He was with the Columbia University music faculty 1926 until his 1962 retirement. In 1954 he was a co-founder of the CRI (Composers Recordings, Inc.) record label. Moore also composed several popular songs while at Yale (inc. the Yale fight song, "Goodnight, Harvard") with poet Archibald MacLeish and later in collaboration with John Jacob Niles. These songs were later published in 1921 under the collective title "Songs my Mother never taught Me". He later collaborated with fellow Yale alumnus Stephen Vincent Benet on the folk opera "The Devil and Daniel Webster". He authored two books on music: "Listening to Music" (1932) and "From Madrigal to Modern Music" (1942). His chosen style was what some regard as "typically American" i.e. based on American folk music, though Moore never actually used any authentic folk tunes but rather created his own. He also allowed other styles influence him, such as jazz and ragtime, most readily apparent in his operas. He wrote 8 operas, mostly on American subjects, one notable exception being "Giants in the Earth" for which he won the 1951 Pulitzer Prize. Lined 3 x 5 index card inscribed with sentiment, signed and dated June 22 1958 by him.

Condition: Very good, faint toning at bottom edge
Type:Signed Card






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