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Manhattan Nocturne

Kathryn Talalay

in Composition in Black and White

Published in print May 1998 | ISBN: 9780195113938
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853816 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195113938.003.0013
Manhattan Nocturne

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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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Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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