The Mother of Us All

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Evening Music celebrates Mother’s Day with music for Mom. We’ll begin with songs by Dvorak, Charles Ives, and William Grant Still, plus Mozart’s “Ah! Vous dirai-je, Maman.” We round out the evening with Virgil Thomson’s “The Mother of Us All,” an opera based on the life of Susan B. Anthony. Gertrude Stein’s libretto for the opera gives the 19th century champion of women’s suffrage the status of the mother of us all, and treats her story both historically and abstractly, playfully and sincerely.

Also Featured Tonight:

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky / "My dear little Mother"
Phillip Glass / Mother Mother
Hanns Eisler / Song of a German Mother
Joan Trimble / "The Gartan Mother's Lullaby"
John Adams / "Naive and Sentimental Music": 'Mother of the Man'

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Comments [5]

Joe Carbone

I greatly enjoy your program, especially when you play exotic music.
I have been searching the playlists from last week and cannot find the music that fascinated me while driving home this week.
I can only identify the style - I believe it was middle-eastern with its roots in 13th century italian music that you referred to as "stomping". A modern artist was combining this early music with Arabic influences.
If you could remember the artist and CD I would be forever grateful.

May. 10 2009 11:37 PM
David Garland from the WNYC studio

Cyn: I didn't mean to offend you. You certainly have my apology.

Mary Stewart: Fun story! And happy birthday to Mark!

Sheldan Collins: I'm not sure what you're reacting to, but if you didn't enjoy tonight's Evening Music, then blame me, not Terrance McKnight!


May. 10 2009 11:17 PM
Sheldan Collins from NJ

Mr. McKnight: please, less talk. Or pick up the pace.

Yes, you are erudite, accomplished and have a lovely voice. But I prefer more music. Also, if I wanted to know about your blog, I would go there - not listen to you go on and on about it.

Bring on more David! I can't explain why, but I always enjoyed him more than I do you.

Sorry, but that's the truth.

May. 10 2009 10:19 PM
mary stewart from seattle

Hi David.
It's fun to be a mother! My son is Mark Stewart, who performed on your great program on the 30th. When he turned 9, he brought his birthday party guests, 6 little boys to see the opera. I was singing Constance Fletcher in 'The Mother of us All" at the Skylight Opera in Milwaukee. What a thrill for me to see those eager little faces in the front row. They loved it, of course.
Mark's birthday is tomorrow. Many thanks for giving us this performance tonight.
Mary Stewart

May. 10 2009 09:32 PM
Cyn from manhattan

I'm offended. I caught some of your comment about my post while running back and forth being a MOTHER. You said something like you couldn't imagine a mother being so "dismissive." I'm not going to educate you here. You are clueless. And I want an apology.

cc: A Boss

May. 10 2009 09:19 PM

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