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David Nicholls and Joel Sachs

latina, band, 1939 [arr. pf; 579a, lost] 587 ‡Pastoral and Fiddler’s Delight, 1940; cond. L. Stokowski, New York, 26 July 1940 594 American Melting Pot Set for Chbr Orch, 1940: 1 Chorale (Teutonic-American), 2 Air (Afro-American), 3 Satire (Franco-American), 4 Alapna (Oriental-American), 5 Slavic Dance (Slavic-American), 6 Rhumba with added 8th (Latin-American), 7 Square Dance (Celtic-American); cond. F. Petrides, New York, 3 May 1943 595 58 for Percy, band, 1940 [< f :595a] 597 ‡Ancient Desert Drone, 1940; cond. Grainger


Steven Ledbetter and Victor Fell Yellin

themes of American Indians found in others of the time. The Padrone is an opera of modern life, reflecting the current social situation. Had it been produced, it might well have pointed the way to a new manner of operatic composition in the USA, one making the most of Americans’ traditional directness and realistic outlook. Instead the score was turned down by the Metropolitan Opera and a possible production in Chicago fell through when the impresario there suddenly died. The Padrone was performed, fittingly, by the New England Conservatory Opera Theater under the


Robert Parker

percussion players. It requires various Indian drums, among them the teponaxtle , a two-tongued wooden slit-drum, and the huéhuetl , a large upright drum, as well as rasps made of wood and of bone, and a trombone simulating the conch trumpet. The ballet Caballos de vapor [H.P.] ( 1926–32 ) presents a large concentration of folk elements in a modern setting, where the sensual, ‘natural’ life of the tropics is contrasted with the industrialized society of the USA. The tropics are represented by two of the most popular Mexican dance types – the huapango and the zandunga


Paul Griffiths

for piano and orchestra ( 1971–4 ) was commissioned by Miss Alice Tully of New York, and Messiaen used the occasion of his first American commission to render the canyons and birds of Utah. Saint François d’Assise ( 1975–83 ), his unexpected single exercise in music theatre, was written for the Paris Opéra and followed swiftly by the Livre du Saint Sacrement ( 1984 ), a last organ work (commissioned by the city of Detroit and the American Guild of Organists). Finally, after several small pieces, came Eclairs sur l’Au-delà … ( 1988–92 ), scored for an enormous orchestra


Hugh Ottaway

revised by Alain Frogley

Hugh the Drover, or Love in the Stocks (romantic ballad op, 2, H. Child), 1910–14, last rev. 1956 London, His Majesty’s, 14 July 1924 On Christmas Night (masque with dancing, singing and miming, A. Bolm and Vaughan Williams, after C. Dickens), 1926 Chicago, Eighth Street, 26 Dec 1926 Sir John in Love (op, 4, Vaughan Williams, after W. Shakespeare), 1924–8 London, RCM, 21 March 1929 Job (masque for dancing, G. Keynes and G. Raverat, after W. Blake), 1927–30 London, Cambridge, 5 July 1931 The Poisoned Kiss (romantic extravaganza, 3, E. Sharp, after R. Garnett), 1927–9


Claude Conyers

York , July 6, 1930 ). American modern dancer , choreographer , and teacher. Of Jamaican heritage, he grew up in Harlem where he learned all the popular dances of the 1940s and experienced West Indian music and dance on social occasions. Inspired by a performance of African dance by Pearl Primus, he auditioned for and won a scholarship to the New Dance Group in 1947. There he trained in modern dance, ballet, tap, and various ethnic dance traditions, and within a year he had made his professional début and had choreographed his first dance, Saturday’s Child (


Jessica Payette

reflect her intensive study of Indian classical music and dance, especially Bharata Natyam dance–drama. During this time she studied and worked with Swati Bhise’s dance company, performing as Nattuvanar (vocalist/rhythmic reciter). These idioms imaginatively enrich Shield’s large-scale vocal works. Apocalypse ( 1994 ), an electronic opera for live and recorded singers, is unique for its combination of standard operatic dramaturgy with a multilingual libretto, electronic “chorus” and accompaniment, and Indian rhythmic structures. Indian ragas are juxtaposed with Nancy