Author: Suzanne DuPlantis

Debussy and His Songs – A Blog

2. A VERY STRANGE MAN? “I honestly don’t know if Debussy ever loved anybody really. He loved his music – and perhaps himself. I think he was wrapped up in his genius…. He was a very, very strange man.” —Mary Garden, who premiered Mélisande in the original production of Pelléas et Mélisande   So, how strange […]

Debussy and His Songs – A Blog

1. THE ALLURE OF THREE  There is something so satisfying about the number three. Not too much, not too little. It says it all, or somehow all that needs to be said, anyway. I was thinking about this, and about the distilled perfection of Debussy’s Chansons de Bilitis, a three-song cycle with its titillating encounter, […]

WHITE HOUSE SONG BLOG

4. Music hath charms… The year was 1914 and the world stood on the brink of its first World War. Woodrow Wilson had just held a formal diplomatic dinner for the Central Powers at the White House. Harpist Melville Clark had provided the music for the evening. And this is what happened at the end of […]

WHITE HOUSE SONG BLOG

3. Today, A Dirge Need I say more?  I need not, but I think I will. Abraham Lincoln (O Captain, my Captain) loved opera. His favorite one was Flotow’s “Martha.” He loved it so very much that he had it staged for his inauguration. So, on this day, so full of precedence and history, I give you […]

WHITE HOUSE SONG BLOG

 White House image by Dan Kessler, kesslerart.com 2. Winter in the White House This embedded YouTube clip is almost All-American. An American President (Jimmy Carter) invites a world renowned American opera singer (Leontyne Price) to the White House and she sings a new song composed for her by an American composer (Dominick Argento) and the president had […]

WHITE HOUSE SONG BLOG

    White House image by Dan Kessler, kesslerart.com The Music of Richard Nixon and Pearl Bailey What a time to be presenting Music in the White House! No, really… what BETTER time to be presenting Music in the White House? Having spent the last few months immersing myself in presidential history and the story that music […]