February 23, 2017
Stephan Karam was a Christian Assyrian-Armenian violinist and composer, born in Iran in 1908. His daughter, Daisy Karam-Read, provided us with an account (see below), of the hardships her father endured as he pursued a career as a violinist in Europe, and then the United States. Interestingly, Karam studied with Paul Hindemith in the late 1940s. (The Gilmore Music Library holds Hindemith’s Papers.) In response to Hindemith urging him to compose, Karam wrote the “Symphonie Iranienne” in 1950.
Biography of Stephan Karam
March 9, 2015
J. Rosamond Johnson (below, on right) was very active and successful in minstrelsy and vaudeville in the early 20th century. In a manuscript prepared for Variety magazine, he writes, “Thanks to Variety for space to say a word about the colored performer, the unique position he has held in the world of entertainment for more than a half century. When, with his slave songs, work songs, and “Darkey Pastimes” he was the source of amusement despite his hard trials with servile conditions on the plantations of his own southland.” (MSS 21, Box 18 Folder 6).
January 23, 2013
In 1923, pianist Isidor Achron was contacted by the famous violinist, Jascha Heifetz, who offered him a position as his accompanist on a world tour. Here they are in South Africa, Japan, and Mexico.
August 21, 2012
published in 1928 by Sam Fox Publishing Company (Cleveland, Ohio)
March 26, 2012
John Rosamond Johnson (1873-1954), an African American composer and performer of vaudeville and musical theater. For the dignified portrayal of Native Americans in his musical, “The Red Moon”, Johnson was made sub-chief of an Iroquois tribe near Montreal, Quebec.
May 13, 2011
Inkle and Yarico is an English comic opera written by Samuel Arnold, and published in 1787. The opera takes place in Barbados (see Mark Howell’s detailed description below).
April 1, 2011
“Les Indes Galantes” is an opéra-ballet composed by Jean-Philippe Rameau in 1735. It was quite popular, having been performed 64 times between 1735 and 1737. The opéra-ballet contained four entrées: 1. Le Turc généreux; 2. Les Incas du Pérou; 3. Les Fleurs; and 4. Les Sauvages. The theme of “Les Indes Galantes” revolves around the universality of love.
February 2, 2011
English Hymns translated/transliterated into Hawaiian. Gift of Hawaii Missionary Society, 1878.