Lee Hoiby

Biography

Born: February 17, 1926; Madison, WI  
Lee Hoiby continues the neo-Classical tradition of Samuel Barber and Gian Carlo Menotti (under whom he studied) by writing in an almost Romantic style, forging an idiom that is both melodic and accessible. He studied piano under Gunnar Johansson and Egon Petri, originally planning to become a pianist, but Menotti invited him to study composition at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. Early on, he recognized Hoiby's potential, manifested by his Read more first opera The Scarf, performed at the opening of the 1957 Spoleto Festival. He followed this in 1959, with Beatrice, writing an oratorio, A Hymn of the Nativity, the next year. His next opera, Natalia Petrovna (revised as A Month in the Country in 1981), commissioned by the New York City Opera, was premiered in 1964. His next opera was Summer and Smoke (1971). In 1974, he wrote another oratorio, Galileo Galilei. In 1982, his children's opera Something New for the Zoo had its world premiere; The Tempest, commissioned by the Des Moines Metro Opera, was performed in 1986. In 1992, he premiered another oratorio, For You O Democracy, to a text by Walt Whitman. He is also a distinguished song composer and arranger folk songs. In 1994, he wrote a song cycle, What Is the Light, on Virginia Woolf texts. His setting of Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech "Free at Last," as well as five Whitman poems, premiered in 1995. He also continues to compose instrumental works with a particular focus on the piano, including two piano concerti, a sonata for cello and piano, and the ballet suite After Eden. Read less

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Act I Scene 1: Scene: Two hearts (Lisaveta, Anna, Doctor, Natalia, Rakitin)
Act I Scene 1: Scene: Let's go out and play in the marsh (Natalia, Rakitin)
Act I Scene 1: Aria: Dear lady, it is mt regretful duty to inform you (Doctor, Natalia, Rakitin)
Act I Scene 1: Scene: Who is this ... paragon? (Natalia, Rakitin, Doctor, Vera, Belaev)
Act I Scene 1: Aria: Oh, terrible lady, you have in your eyes two silvery arrows (Belaev, Natalia)
Act I Scene 1: Scene: Oooh! (Arkady, Natalia, Anna, Rakitin, Vera, Belaev, Doctor)
Act I Scene 2: Scene: If you want to learn to play (Lisaveta, Doctor, Fyodorov, Vera, Belaev)
Act I Scene 2: Aria - Duet: You've never seen the winter here (Vera, Belaev, Natalia, Rakitin, Doctor, Arkady)
Act I Scene 2: Ensemble: Laides and gentleman! (Natalia, All, Rakitin)
Act I Scene 2: Scene: That smile ... that luminous face ... (Rakitin, Natalia)
Act I Scene 2: Duet: You sent for me? (Vera, Rakitin, Natalia)
Act I Scene 2: Scene: These children are in love! (Natalia)
No. 1. The shining place
No. 2. A Letter
No. 3. How the waters closed
No. 4. Wild nights
No. 5. There came a wind like a bugle
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Act I Scene 1: Scene: Two hearts (Lisaveta, Anna, Doctor, Natalia, Rakitin)
Act I Scene 1: Scene: Let's go out and play in the marsh (Natalia, Rakitin)
Act I Scene 1: Aria: Dear lady, it is mt regretful duty to inform you (Doctor, Natalia, Rakitin)
Act I Scene 1: Scene: Who is this ... paragon? (Natalia, Rakitin, Doctor, Vera, Belaev)
Act I Scene 1: Aria: Oh, terrible lady, you have in your eyes two silvery arrows (Belaev, Natalia)
Act I Scene 1: Scene: Oooh! (Arkady, Natalia, Anna, Rakitin, Vera, Belaev, Doctor)
Act I Scene 2: Scene: If you want to learn to play (Lisaveta, Doctor, Fyodorov, Vera, Belaev)
Act I Scene 2: Aria - Duet: You've never seen the winter here (Vera, Belaev, Natalia, Rakitin, Doctor, Arkady)
Act I Scene 2: Ensemble: Laides and gentleman! (Natalia, All, Rakitin)
Act I Scene 2: Scene: That smile ... that luminous face ... (Rakitin, Natalia)
Act I Scene 2: Duet: You sent for me? (Vera, Rakitin, Natalia)
Act I Scene 2: Scene: These children are in love! (Natalia)
No. 1. The shining place
No. 2. A Letter
No. 3. How the waters closed
No. 4. Wild nights
No. 5. There came a wind like a bugle
Act I: Prelude
Act I: A brave vessel, who had, no doubt (Miranda, Prospero)
Act I: Scene: All hail, grave master! (Ariel, Prospero)
Act I: Song: Come unto these yellow sands (Ariel, Prospero, Ferdinand, Miranda)
Act I: One word! (Prospero, Ferdinand, Miranda, Ariel)
Act I: Scene: As wicked dew as e'er my mother (Caliban, Prospero, Miranda)
Act I: Here's neither bush nor shrub (Trinculo, Stephano, Caliban)
Act I: Farewell master (Caliban, Stephano)
Act II: Prelude
Act II: Scene: Beseech you sir, be merry (Gonzalo, Alonso, Courtiers)


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