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Composition in Black and WhiteThe Life of Philippa Schuyler$
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Kathryn Talalay

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780195113938

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195113938.001.0001

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Manhattan Nocturne

Manhattan Nocturne

(p.98) 12 Manhattan Nocturne
Composition in Black and White

Kathryn Talalay

Oxford University Press

As Philippa entered adolescence, she was a tall, slim beauty, and her skin blushed into a beautiful cinnamon color. Philippa's change into her teens was marked by renewed isolation from other teens at her age, because her mother withdrew her from school when she was accepted by New York's unique High School of Music and Art. Instead, Josephine and George obtained official permission to let Philippa continue her education through correspondence, provided that a tutor came to their home once or twice a week. In early 1944, Josephine decided to go for a seven-month “compositional sabbatical” to South America, where Philippa would write a piece for an orchestra while she was resting, but the two only stayed in Mexico for six weeks.

Keywords:   Manhattan, adolescence, sabbatical, Mexico, composition

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