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Subject: Re: Green Mansions, a radio opera by Louis Gruenberg.
From: Mark Schubin <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Mark Schubin <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 3 Jan 2018 22:37:02 -0500
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Also considered the first unstageable opera because it used sound
effects to create the settings.  Menotti's later "Labyrinth" is
considered unstageable because it used video effects.  In 1989, UK
Channel 4 offered grants for composing unstageable operas.

TTFN,
Mark

On Wed, Jan 3, 2018 at 6:24 PM, don warner saklad
<[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> 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
> https://www.google.com/search?q=the+apotheosis+of+the+handsaw
>
>>
>
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