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The transposed heads : opera

by Peggy Glanville-Hicks (1953)

Also known as: Die vertauschten Kopfe

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The transposed heads : opera in one act / Peggy Glanville-Hicks.

Library shelf no. CD 113 [Available for loan]

transposed heads = Die vertauschten Kopfe

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Work Details

Year: 1953

Instrumentation: Mixed chorus, soprano, tenor, baritone, 2 speaking voices, piano.

Duration: 75 min.

Dedication note: To Theo Flynn, an illustrious Australian

Commission note: First opera commissioned by The Louisville Philharmonic Society, Inc.

First performance: 4 Apr 54. Louisville, Kentucky

The libretto for The Transposed Heads was extracted almost verbatim from the Lowe-Porter translation of the novel by Thomas Mann.


Interview [Audio]: Peggy Glanville-Hicks and her Odyssey
Interviewed by Charles Amirkhanian
First broadcast 3/10/1989
After undergoing brain surgery, Glanville-Hicks retired to her home in Sydney where Charles Amirkhanian recorded a rare interview with the composer, in May of 1986. During their conversation, of which extensive segments are included in this program, they touched upon a wide range of topics, including her stint as a New York City music critic, her travels, and her music.

Resonate article: A Tease of Sophistication by Joel Crotty

Book: One hand on the manuscript : music in Australian cultural history, 1930-1960 / edited by Nicholas Brown, Peter Campbell, Robyn Holmes, Peter Read & Larry Sitsky.

Performances of this work

4 Apr 54: Louisville, Kentucky

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