Douglas Moore - 1941

from Letters of composers : an anthology, 1603-1945 / compiled and edited by Gertrude Norman and Miriam Lubell Shrifte., page 365:

I have tried several experiments in my own works, notably in the Pageant of P. T. Barnum in the section dealing with General and Mts. Tom Thumb. The humour consists of a shrill military music alternating with a sour mincing waltz which seems to work very well as an interpretation of the literary idea. I have noticed that when the orchestra percussion section uses a cap pistol as directed to open the music, the fun is always more evident to the audience. They seem to need obvious effects of this kind in order to be sure that the composer means to be funny. Oftentimes they think that the music …   more >>
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Gertrude Norman and Miriam Lubell Shrifte (ed.), Letters of composers : an anthology, 1603-1945 / compiled and edited by Gertrude Norman and Miriam Lubell Shrifte. (New York, 1979), p. 365. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1424773198768 accessed: 26 May, 2024

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Douglas Moore
Composer
1893-1969

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Pageant of P.T. Barnum
written by Douglas Moore

Experience Information

Date/Time 1941
Medium live
Listening Environment indoors, in public

Notes

Letter from Douglas Moore to Rose Resnick, student who was preparing a thesis on “Humor in Music”, New York, February 4, 1941.


Originally submitted by verafonte on Tue, 24 Feb 2015 10:19:58 +0000
Approved on Thu, 12 Nov 2015 14:38:58 +0000