Posted by on Wednesday, Jun 27, 2012 - 6:48 PM

Yes! You get a second chance to hear the authors who speak at the Library. Programs are podcast on the Library website. If you want a CD of an author talk, we will provide it for you. (kbruce [at] westportlibrary [dot] org)

Lately, memoirs and biographies have been a popular stories and philosophical beliefs with lots to think more

His Own Songs & Stories

Posted by MargieF on Sunday, Aug 14, 2011 - 4:10 PM

Do you know which hit making songwriter is celebrating his 65th birthday tomorrow?  Would you believe that he has been churning them out since he was a teenager for the likes of Glen Campbell, the Fifth Dimension and Richard Harris?read more

Stories That Connect

Posted by on Monday, Aug 1, 2011 - 4:25 PM

It's such a treat when you find a good book by chance. This happened to me when I picked up a book of stories by Christine more

Grace Notes: Stories & Opera

Posted by MargieF on Tuesday, Oct 16, 2007 - 10:47 AM

Opera composers have always looked to literary materials to base their music on. Their efforts have led to operas derived from the masterworks of literature, mythology, fables, fairy tales, short stories and novels.

Which characteristics of a story would catch a composer's eye and entice him to create a piece of music? Is it the plot, the background or a character's development that is the catalyst toward a musical conception? Or, is it an opera company's commission?

Gary Schmidgall in his book Literature as Opera addresses this subject. Milton Cross has compiled operatic stories in his The New Milton Cross' Complete Stories of the Great Operas.

Here is a listing of some operas that began life as another literary vehicle:

Bizet, Georges Carmen by Prosper Merimee

Britten, Benjamin Billy Budd by Herman Melville

Britten, Benjamin Death in Venice by Thomas Mann

Floyd, Carlisle Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Humperdinck, Engelbert Hansel and Gretel by Brothers Grimm

Janacek, Leos House of the Dead by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Prokofiev, Sergey War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Rossini, Gioacchino La Cenerentola by Brothers Grimm

Stories, Opera