Moore, Dorothy Rudd, 1975 - 1980
- 1975 - 1980
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Dorothy Moore was born on June 4, 1940, in New Castle, Delaware. Her mother was a singer and Moore would make up her own songs as child. Moore knew she wanted to become a composer at a young age and took piano lessons as a child. She learned to play clarinet so that in high school, she should join the previously all-male band. She graduated from Howard University in 1963 where she studied with Mark Fax. She received the Lucy Moten Fellowship to study in France where she continued her studies with Nadia Boulanger in Paris in 1963 and Chou Wen-Chung in New York in 1965. Moore went on to teach at the Harlem School of the Arts (1965–6), New York University (1969) and Bronx Community College, CUNY (1971).
In addition to teaching, Moore also maintained an active composition career. Moore was her own librettist for her opera, Fredrick Douglass, which was commissioned by the New York based Ebony Opera. The opera went on to be performed internationally. When setting music to text, Moore typically used poems by black Americans. Her piece, "The Weary Blues," which utilizes the 12-bar blues form, is her only instance of black music influencing her musical style.
Moore received the Lucy Moten fellowship and other grants, and in 1968 became a co-founder of the Society of Black Composers in New York. Her works, Dirge and Deliverance, and Songs from the Dark Tower were released by Performance Records in 1981. In 1985, the world premiere of her opera, Fredrick Douglass, took place in New York City.
Between 1988 and 1990, she sat on the music panel of the New York State Council of the Arts.
[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothy_Rudd_Moore / https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Pannu2b0Zw / http://www.bruceduffie.com/moore.html]
4 Reels (Magnetic tape audio recordings) : RR 229 -230 2 reels, Side A-1:01:19, Side B-0:11:23; tape speed 3¾ IPS; track position ½-Track Mono; Substrate: Polyester. The recordings were combined for ease of listening. The combined run time of the digital recording is 1:12:35. RR 231 1 reel, Side A-1:03: Side B-0:19:38; tape speed 3¾ IPS; track position ½-Track Mono; Substrate: Polyester. The recordings were combined for ease of listening. The combined run time of the digital recording is 1:22:56. RR 232 1 reel, 1:22:37; tape speed 3¾ IPS; track position ½-Track Mono; Substrate: Polyester.
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From the Series: English
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- African Americans in popular culture Subject Source: Fast
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