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Subject: Green Mansions, a radio opera by Louis Gruenberg.
From: don warner saklad <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:don warner saklad <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 3 Jan 2018 18:24:27 -0500

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> By Lucille Fletcher
> The Apotheosis of the Handsaw
> October 17, 1937, was a memorable day in the history of music.
> It was the date of the first performance, over the Columbia network, of
> Louis Gruenberg’s radio opera, “Green Mansions,” an adaptation of W. H.
> Hudson’s novel of that name.
> In the second scene of “Green Mansions,” Abel, an explorer, is wandering
> through a South American jungle and hears a strange, beautiful song—the
> voice of Rima, a jungle girl, calling to him in a language taught her by
> the birds.
> Mr. Gruenberg assigned Rima’s song to a solo musical saw, thus becoming
> the first composer ever to write for that instrument.
> Expertly interpreted by Stanley Davis, a famous saw virtuoso, the haunting
> bird-girl motif charmed the attendant critics.
> One and all agreed that the handsaw had won a place of importance in the
> symphony orchestra.


> Lovers of old-time saw music are hoping that enterprising composers will
> follow the lead of Louis Gruenberg and, by giving the saw a place of
> importance in their compositions, restore its early dignity and make it
> once again worthy of the attention of all serious musicians.

pages 56-57 The New Yorker May 7, 1938


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