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May-Day, or the Little Gypsy & Eight Songs for a Mad King

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 98 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA

A performance of two pieces of musical theater by the New Port Costa Players given at the UC Berkeley’s Museum in 1975. The first work, “May-Day, or the Little Gypsy” by the 18th century composer Thomas Arne, is a delightful romantic comedy set in a rural village which incorporates comic dialogue and medieval sounding melodies. The second work is Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ “Eight Songs for a Mad King”. Originally inspired by a music box that once belonged to King George III of England, this is a work for one male voice with a remarkable vocal range, performed here by the incredible John Duykers.

Part 1 of 3:  
Musical Selections:  May-Day, or the Little Gypsy [part 1, libretto by David Garrick] / Thomas Arne
Performers:  New Port Costa Players
Susan Rode Morris, soprano
Genres:  Music Theater; Opera
Subject:  Music theater; Songs with instrumental ensemble
People:  Arne, Thomas Augustine,1710-1778; Garrick, David,1717-1779; Morris, Susan Rode
Recording Date:  3/8/1975
 
Part 2 of 3:  
Musical Selections:  May-Day, or the Little Gypsy [part 2, libretto by David Garrick] / Thomas Arne
Performers:  New Port Costa Players
Susan Rode Morris, soprano
Genres:  Music Theater; Opera
Subject:  Music theater; Songs with instrumental ensemble
People:  Arne, Thomas Augustine,1710-1778; Garrick, David,1717-1779; Morris, Susan Rode
Recording Date:  3/8/1975
 
Part 3 of 3:  
Musical Selections:  Eight Songs for a Mad King: The sentry ; The country walk ; The lady-in-waiting ; To be sung on the water ; The phantom queen ; The counterfeit ; Country dance ; The review [texts by Randolph Stow & King George III] (1969) / Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
Performers:  New Port Costa Players
John Duykers, tenor
Genres:  Music Theater; Opera
Subject:  Music theater; Songs with instrumental ensemble
People:  Davies, Peter Maxwell, 1934-; George III, King of Great Britain, 1738-1820; Stow, Randolph, 1935- ; Duykers, John
Recording Date:  3/8/1975
 
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