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Dvorák to Duke EllingtonA Conductor Rediscovers America's Music and Its African-American Roots$
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Maurice Peress

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195098228

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195098228.001.0001

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Ellington's Queenie Pie

Ellington's Queenie Pie

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Dvorák to Duke Ellington

Maurice Peress

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the story of Queenie Pie, Ellington's last theater work as told by the author of this book, who worked as an assistant to Ellington when it was a yet-to-be produced one-hour “opera comique” for National Educational Television. The production was abandoned after Ellington died but re-emerged ten years later as a full evening musical with a new libretto by George Wolfe, with the author directing the Ellington orchestra in the pit of the Music Theater Festival of Philadelphia. The chapter also offers insights into Ellington's working methods.

Keywords:   National Educational Television, George Wolfe, opera comique, Music Theater Festival

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