Saint François d’Assise

Saint François d’Assise After the success of Des canyons aux étoiles, which was a large twelve-movement work written by Olivier Messiaen, the composer believed his next project was to write an opera. Messiaen met with Georges Pompidou, the President of France, in 1971, who persuaded the composer to write an opera for Opera de Paris,…

Einstein on the Beach

  Einstein on the Beach Aina Olonade Often regarded as the most popular and longest opera composition of Phillip Glass, Einstein on the Beach is a four acts connected by five “knee plays” theatre work. The opera was based on the life of Albert Einstein to showcase his brilliance as a scientist, humanist, and an…

The Controversial Opera

The Controversial Opera An opera composed by a Jewish songwriter, adapted from a novel “porgy” by a white novelist that narrates the tale of Southern blacks and performed on a Broadway and opera stage could not be more controversial. The composer’s interest in spirituals and folksongs make Porgy and Bess the Magnus Opus ever composed…

Gershwin’s compositional style

Gershwin’s Compositional Style Born in Brooklyn to an immigrant parent from Russia, George Gershwin began his musical journey at an early age. His love for music led him to drop out of school to work for Jerome H. Remick & Co, a music publishing firm on Tin Pan Alley. Gershwin composed his first major work,…