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Subject: Re: David Bispham Memorial Medal
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Date:Thu, 5 Oct 2000 14:49:06 -0400
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On Thu, 5 Oct 2000, Ken Wlaschin <[log in to unmask]> asked about the
David Bispham Memorial Medal.

I found a clipping from something (not a newspaper or magazine, but perhaps
a program) that indicates the recipients for 1921-31.  The 1932 recipients
have been added.  A small bit of hunting could not find any subsequent
winners (though that could be understandable, given the economic state of
the country at the time).  (Shortly after his death in 1921, Bispham's
scores, clippings, programs and photographs were donated to the New York
Public Library.)

The list (which I have copied out below) does not indicate year of award,
though the order of works suggests that's the sequence.  It also doesn't
seem to be related to year of composition or publication, for Victor
Herbert's NATOMA (1918, predating the award) is listed.

It's interesting to see what names are familiar and which aren't.  I got a
kick from seeing W. Franke Harling, composer of the opera LIGHT OF ST.
AGNES, but more well-known as a co-author of popular songs such as "Sing You
Sinners" and "Beyond the Blue Horizon."

Here's what I found:

David Bispham Medal awards for American Operas, 1921 to 1932
[administered by] American Opera Society of Chicago.

(presumably in order of when opera received award)

Ernest T. Carter - THE WHITE BIRD
Charles Wakefield Cadman - SHANEWIS
Francesco DeLeone - ALGLALA
Eleanor Everest Freer - LEGEND OF THE PIPER
Theodore Stearns - THE SNOW BIRD
John Adam Hugo - THE TEMPLE DANCER
Ralph Lyford - CASTLE AGRAZANT
Simon Bucharoff - SAHKARA
Frank Patterson - THE ECHO
Humphrey J. Stewart - THE HOUND OF HEAVEN
Henry Hadley - AZORA
Victor Herbert - NATOMA, and MADELEINE
J. Lewis Browne - THE CORSICAN GIRL (LA CORSICANA)
Isaac Van Grove - THE MUSIC ROBBER
W. Franke Harling - LIGHT OF ST. AGNES
Aldo Franchetti - NAMIKO SAN
Frederick S. Converse - PIPE OF DESIRE
William McCoy - EGYPT
Clarence Loomis - YOLANDA OF CYPRUS
S. W. Harwill - BELLA DONNA
Jane Van Etten (Andrews) - GUIDO FERRANTI
Charles Frederick Carlson - PHELIAS
William Lester - MANABOZO
Henry Purmort Eames - PRISCILLA
Hamilton Forrest - YZDRA
Deems Taylor - THE KING'S HENCHMAN
Albert Bimboni - WINONA
Walter Damrosch - CYRANO DE BERGERAC
Wesley Laviolette - FALSTAFF
Pietro Floridia - PAOLETTA
Mary Carr Moore - THE COST OF EMPIRE (Narcissa)
Charles S. Skilton - KALOPIN
Karl Schmidt - LADY OF THE LAKE
Marx E. Oberndorfer - ROSEANNE
Otto Luening - EVANGELINE
Clarence Cameron White - OUANGA (1932)


Bob Kosovsky -- Librarian
Music Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
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