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Tuesday, October 24, 2006  

The Love of Long Ago
After we finished our first opera together, Dark Mission, John Nugent and I decided to do a chamber opera, which would be easier to produce. I selected a short story by Guy de Maupassant and wrote the libretto The Love of Long Ago. This was quite a while ago.

Imagine my surprise then to read John's blog this morning and learn that the chamber opera is alive! He has been musically stuck and now is un-stuck. He has a very interesting discussion of the breakthrough.

This inspires me to return to a new libretto, another adaptation, which I've barely begun. He still has Varmints to finish, too. Maybe I'll have something for him by the time he's done.

I really enjoy working with John. I love his music. However, it's frustrating that he has to work for a living instead of composing for a living because it makes progress slow on our projects. As I have said so many times, work is the curse of the artistic class.

Teaching day. A few papers to read this morning but I should have time to do a few other things before class. Want to get back to Sally.

Great news, John, if you're reading this! Look forward to hearing it.

10/24/2006 07:33:00 AM | 1 comments

I wonder what you'll think when I tell you I'd like to expand this into something like Puccini's TRITTICO...

You know, two more accompanying pieces to make it an Evening.
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