A Puccini-eye view

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Continuing my blogs on the development of the opera Philippa, about the Harlem-born concert pianist, Philippa Duke Schuyler who died in Vietnam rescuing schoolchildren in 1967. Giacomo Puccini could judge the operatic suitability of a play even if he saw it in another language. The Italian speaker saw Sardou’s La Tosca in French, and Belasco’s Madam […]

End of the rebirth (Philippa – an opera, blog 12)

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More on my development of the opera Philippa. Concert pianist Philippa Duke Schuyler was the daughter of Harlem-based African-American journalist George S. Schuyler and white Texan Josephine Cogdell who thought that if they combined their superior genes they could produce a genius – and proved it. Philippa was, indeed, a prodigy. She played her own […]

Words, words, words (Philippa, an opera – blog 11)

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…continuing my series of blogs on the development of the opera Philippa, based on the life of Harlem-born concert pianist Philippa Duke Schuyler. Philippa was the daughter of African-American journalist George S. Schuyler and white Texan Josephine Cogdell who thought that if they combined their superior genes they could produce a genius. Philippa was, indeed, […]

A sobering thought

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Continuing my series of blogs on the development of the opera Philippa, based on the life of Harlem-born concert pianist Philippa Duke Schuyler, the daughter of African-American journalist George S. Schuyler and white Texan Josephine Cogdell, who thought that if they combined their superior genes they could produce a genius. Philippa was, indeed, a prodigy […]

Montagnards and Lowlanders (Philippa opera blog 9)

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Another in my series of blogs on the development of the opera Philippa, based on the life of Philippa Duke Schuyler. Philippa, the Harlem-born daughter of African-American journalist George S. Schuyler and white Texan Josephine Cogdell, toured Vietnam as a concert pianist in 1967 and died rescuing some ‘orphans’, the children of US servicemen and […]

Classical aspirations (Philippa, an opera)

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Continuing my series of blogs on the development of the opera Philippa, based on the life of Philippa Duke Schuyler, the Harlem-born concert pianist (daughter of African-American journalist George S. Schuyler and white Texan Josephine Cogdell), who died in Vietnam in 1967 rescuing ‘the orphans’, the children of US servicemen and Vietnamese women… So much of […]

Sacrifice? (Philippa an opera, blog 7)

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Continuing my series of blogs on the development of the opera Philippa, based on the life of Philippa Duke Schuyler, the Harlem-born concert pianist (daughter of African-American journalist George S. Schuyler and white Texan Josephine Cogdell), who died in Vietnam in 1967 rescuing schoolchildren… I muse on the possibility of self-sacrifice, an aspect of emotional research I […]

George was not the only one (Philippa blog 6)

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  Continuing my series of blogs on the development of the opera Philippa, based on the life of Philippa Duke Schuyler, the Harlem-born concert pianist who died in Vietnam in 1967 rescuing schoolchildren… As mentioned in my previous blog, I need to come to grips with quite a few background issues in writing the libretto […]

Becoming a Harlemite, Vietnamese, a Catholic

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As mentioned in my previous blogs on this subject [Philippa blog I, 16 September 2012; blog 2, 18 September; blog 3, 25 September; and blog 4, October 7], 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 […]

Philippa, an opera – blog 4

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As mentioned in my previous blogs on this subject [Philippa blog I, 16 September 2012, blog 2, 18 September, blog 3, 25 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 […]