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Beeson, Jack

Jack Beeson studied at the Eastman School of Music and Columbia University and with Béla Bartók. He has written 10 operas, widely produced and televised here and in Europe. In this book he describes how they were conceived, written, and brought to life.

How Operas are Created by Composers and Librettists: The Life of Jack Beeson, American Composer
2008 0-7734-4947-7
In this work Jack Beeson, the composer of ten operas, recounts his search for subjects and the writing of five of their librettos, his collaboration with the librettists of the other five (William Saroyan, Richard Plant, Kenward Elmslie, and Sheldon Harnick), and the varied and tangled events leading to their premieres in theatres and on television here and abroad. This book contains eighteen black and white photographs.