Gladys Smuckler Moskowitz, Composer
B.A. M.A., Brooklyn College.
"Retired Folk singer-Instrumentalist, and teacher.
Active composer of music which glorifies the human voice.
Employs folk, classical, and jazz elements to create bel-canto style arias in Chamber Operas,"The Fountain of Youth" duration ca. 50 minutes for(sop/ten/bar/bass and the satirical "Chicken Little, The Sky is Falling," duration ca. 40minutes ( 2 Sop/2Ten/ Mezzo Sop/Bar/Bass. Her works for voice and piano include settings of Art Songs by American poets (Teasdale) "Advice to a Girl," "Joy," "Gifts," and (Sandburg) "Grass," and has been performed in Europe and New York. "Three songs of Passion" for Soprano or Mezzo Soprano with piano, and obbllg. flute and cello is part of a song cycle "The Life of a Woman." Her most recent work is a one act Music Drama "The Masque of the Red Death" by Edgar Allan Poe duration ca. 1hr. for Sop/Ten/Bar with Narrator. Dancers, Actors, and Chorus.
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The Foutain of Youth (Dr. Heidegger's Experiment)
Works in the NYWC Catalog:
Chicken Little, The Sky Is Falling
Duration: 40 minutes
Instrumentation: Chamber Orchestra, 2 sop. mezzo-sop. 2 tenors, bar, & bass.....piano, Pn
A satirical chamber opera
The Fountain of Youth
Duration: 55 minutes
Instrumentation: chamber orchestra, soprano, 2 tenors, baritone, bass, Pn
Based on the story "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment," by Nathaniel Hawthorne, four elderly friends of the doctor are given the opportunity to become young again. Havoc reigns as they foolishly repeat the errors of their past. Each character is identified by a particular musical style and that motif expresses the essence of his/her personality: The soprano, a vain old woman, sings a frivolous waltz; the tenor, a ladies' man and a lush, sings a sensuous Spanish motif; the baritone, a dishonest merchant, sings a swinging-bluesy motif; the bass, an evil politician, sings patriotically in vaudeville style. Dr. Heidegger, tenor, sings lyrical bel-canto arias and recitatives.
Duration: approx. 4min
A dramatic and moving lyrical interpretation of the psalm for solo voice with
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