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Douglas Stuart Moore (1893-1969) - American composer - Primarily operas. His
masterpiece and most popular opera is "The Ballad of Baby Doe"; premiered in
Central City, Colorado on July 7, 1956; later that same year at the New York
City Opera with Beverly Sills as Baby Doe in her debut as a leading lady and
star; also with Frances Bible and Walter Cassel. Reissued and remastered on
Deutsche Grammaphon 289 465 148-2 (2 CDs) - 1999/1959 in a brilliant recording with an outstanding Sills.
Other operas (works) of Moore include: White Wings, The Headless Horseman, The
Devil and Daniel Webster, The Emperor’s New Clothes, Giants of the Earth,
Wings of the Dove, The Greenfield’s Christmas Tree and Carrie Nation.
Douglas Moore was born on August 10, 1893 in Cutchogue, L.I., N.Y. and died
in nearby Greenport, L.I., N.Y. on July 25, 1969. He came from a well-to-do
family and was educated at the prestigious private school of Hotchkiss and at
Yale University; majoring in fine arts and music. He went to Paris to study,
like Aaron Copland, Virgil Thomson and other notable American composers with
legendary pedagogue, Nadia Boulanger. He returned to the United States and was offered a position with
Columbia University as Chairman of the Music Dept. in 1925 and stayed in that
position for 37 years until his retirement in 1962. "The Ballad of Baby Doe",
along with Carlisle Floyd’s "Susannah" has entered the operatic repertory.