A Distant Love: Songs of John and Abigail Adams
Composer: Gary Fagin
Composer Bio: GARY S. FAGIN has conducted, composed, orchestrated and arranged music for symphony orchestras across the country, ballet, Broadway and Off-Broadway, Public Radio, regional and repertory theaters and university and conservatory orchestras. Mr. Fagin is Founder and Music Director of New York City’s Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra and Music Director of the Bucks County (PA) Symphony Orchestra. He conducts the New Jersey Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker and has appeared as conductor with numerous regional orchestras. Mr. Fagin served as Musical Director and Conductor for seven years at the Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven and for three seasons at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge. In addition to his compositions for orchestra and music theater, Mr. Fagin has composed works for chamber ensembles, piano and voice and solo instruments. He studied composition with George Crumb and George Rochberg at The University of Pennsylvania; violoncello with Orlando Cole of The Curtis Quartet; and conducting with Otto-Werner Mueller at The Yale School of Music, where he received a Doctorate Degree in Conducting. Mr. Fagin was Assistant Professor and Conductor at The University of Wisconsin-Madison and later Hofstra University. He has taught at Yale University, The Juilliard School, The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and New York University. He is Founder and Director of The New York Conducting Studio.
Librettist: Terry Quinn
Librettist Bio: In addition to working extensively in the arts, Terry Quinn writes, consults and edits in the field of Social Policy Analysis and teaches Creative Writing at a private college in New York City. His academic background includes Masters degrees from Harvard, Long Island University and the University of Chicago. Mr. Quinn's fiction, biography and poetry have been published in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia by, among others: Little, Brown; St. Martin's Press; Holt, Rinehart and Winston; Allen & Unwin; Harvill/Collins; and The Paris Review. His dramas and comedies have been produced in London, Cambridge, Paris, Bordeaux, Amsterdam, Berlin, Frankfurt, Vienna and Moscow, as well as on Off Broadway, in regional theaters throughout America and on National Public Radio. As an opera and art song librettist, Mr. Quinn has had world premiere performances at Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, the 92nd Street Y's Kaufmann Concert Hall in New York City, The Brooklyn Historical Society and Chelsea Opera. He has also composed the score and written the book and lyrics for three music theater works produced in New York, Savannah and Washington, D.C. Mr. Quinn is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Authors Guild and Broadcast Music, Inc. Notable performers who have appeared in his plays include Norman Mailer, Norris Church Mailer, George Plimpton, William F. Buckley, Jr., Dmitri Nabokov, Calvin Trillin, Mary Karr, Robert Stone, Lee Grant and Timothy Hutton. He and his wife Jane live in Brooklyn Heights, New York.
Premiere Date: June 14, 2013
Description: The 1780's were breakthrough years for the string quartet. In 1781 and 1782 Joseph Haydn composed his six exquisite Opus 33 quartets and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart began composition of ten celebrated ten quartets, dedicated to Haydn, that would redefine the string quartet genre.

Thus, it seemed appropriate to accompany John Adams in Amsterdam with a string quartet, the newest and most vibrant chamber music medium with which cultured Europeans would have been familiar in the 1780s. The score is predominantly lyrical, almost romantic, befitting John Adams' heartfelt affection for his Abigail, though at times the music is infused with an American folksiness reflecting his rustic and forthright nature.

Although we considered using a different orchestration to accompany Abigail in the Colonies, the string quartet medium worked so well for John that we decided to keep the same accompaniment for Abigail.

As Abigail was struggling to survive in the midst of an active conflict, her life was more fraught with drama than was John's life in Europe. Thus, for Abigail, the music has more contrast, ranging from militaristic rhythms to intensely personal lyricism.
Length: Length is not available.
Total Acts: 2
Contact: Not Available
Composer Web Site: http://garyfagin.com/
Librettist Web Site: http://www.terryquinn.com/about.htm
Schedule of Performances Listings
A Distant Love: Songs of John and Abigail Adams (Fagin)
Friday, June 14, 2013 - Chelsea Opera
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