Philippa, an opera – blog 3

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As mentioned in my previous blogs on this subject [Philippa blog I, 16 September 2012 and blog 2, 18 September], I have been talking to people for some years now about an opera on Philippa Duke Schuyler, the Harlem-born concert pianist who died in Vietnam rescuing schoolchildren in 1967. But now I’ve decided to work […]

Which first – music or words? (thoughts stemming from Rodgers and Hammerstein)

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In Ethan Mordden’s book, Rodgers and Hammerstein, I just read the phrase, ‘…all the lovely and characterful music in the world can do nothing till it has something honest to work with.’ He’s praising Hammerstein’s words of course (books and lyrics for Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I). But I agree with, because […]

Philippa, an opera – blog 2

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As mentioned in my previous blog on this subject [Philippa blog I, 16 September 2012], I have been talking to people about this opera for some years now. But now I’ve decided to work on the piece in the open, via my blog, until such time as someone commissions it or the libretto (or opera) […]

Philippa, an opera – blog 1

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For some years now, I’ve been developing an idea for an opera on the life of the Harlem-born concert pianist, Philippa Duke Schuyler. She was the daughter of the black journalist, George Schuyler, and wealthy white Texan, Josephine Cogdell, who thought that if they combined their superior genes they would produce a genius and show […]