File 26 - Nightingale, Inc.

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CA OTUFM 64-A-26

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Nightingale, Inc.

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  • 1968-1975 (Creation)

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35 cm of textual records

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(1932-2019)

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File consists of manuscript scores, annotated scores, score masters, notes on the production, costume designs by Michael Colgrass, and various versions of the script.

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Note from Michael Colgrass: "I wrote this work for TV on a commission from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting during 1972-1975. The theatrical style of the piece was inspired by my Rockefeller Foundation studies in Europe on a Composer-in-the-Theatre-at-large program (which I created) to study avant garde theater. I staged my own version of the opera at the University of Illinois after PBS told me the work was too expensive for television. The result was a theatrical success, mixing dance, mime, acrobatics, etc., but an operatic failure, since I put all my attention on writing the script and producing and directing the production and little on the music. But the effect of this work on my subsequent instrumental music was enormous, since from this point on I wrote for instrumentalists as if they were characters in a play."

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