You are purchasing two 7” x 10” books. Book 1 is the First Choral Suite from “A Mirror For The Sky” and Book 2 is the Second Choral Suite for the same folk opera. Written by Gail Kubik a Pulitzer prize winning composer who worked with Frank Capra during World War ll writing music for documentaries made for the American war effort. He won an Oscar for his musical score for “Gerald McBoing Boing”, one of Dr. Spock’s first works for children. He wrote multiple scores for stage and screen. These pieces are written to commemorate the life of John Audubon. Here are excerpts from the “About A Mirror for the Sky” description on the inside cover page. “Gail kubik’s A MIRROR FOR THE SKY, a folk opera in two acts with book and lyrics by Jessamyn West, was composed for the Broadway theater in 1946, on commission from Zalamin Friedman and Raoul Pene duBois. Based on the life of John Audubon the piece portrays the fantastic life of a man who, “brought up to be a quadrille dancing dand, came to America with a flute in one hand, a fencing sword in the other”, A man who became a frontiersman, a marksman, a fried of Daniel Boone. A man who became, also, the world’s most distinguidhed painter of birds, honored at the White House and at the courts of Europe, A man who more than musician, marksman, fencer, or painter, was a great fighter for freedom. The piece is set in the early years of the 1800’s before the Ohio Lands and all that lay westward has been linked to the east. Songs of Conestoga Wagons that have “A Top Like a Cloud, A Future Like a Star”. Songs of the rivers, Big Chickey, Little Chickey and of the men who plow them, flat boaters and keel boaters, lazy Willie Pipkin and his wife, sing of Burnely Duke who is” gods man,/A pine among scrub oaks”, the Little Red Fox and his timeless foe the Little Black Gun and the last chorus”. “FREEDOM IS A HARD-BOUGHT THING A GIFT NO MAN CAN GIVE, FOR SOME, A WAY OF DYING, FOR MOST, A WAY TO LIVE”.
A true American work of art sure to amuse, romance and rouse the audience with patriotism and pride while remembering our heritage through the life of John Audubon a truly inspirational character, who has inspired this work of art. The works may be performed separately or together with or without the Narrator. Both pieces are in excellent, unused condition. There is no writing inside or out on either of the books. The covers have artwork by Audubon. There are many performance notes and narrations throughout the books. Written for mixed chorus, six parts, solos, piano accompaniment (1 or 2), orchestra optional. 2nd suite; Coypright 1957 by G. Ricordi & Co. 1st suite copyright 1956 by G. Ricordi & Co. It is very rare to find both pieces of this vintage together.
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