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Ellington's <i>Queenie Pie</i>

Maurice Peress

in Dvorák to Duke Ellington

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780195098228
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199869817 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195098228.003.0017
Ellington's Queenie Pie

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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

Chapter.  3363 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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