The music texts, including works by David Ewen, Deems Taylor
, Virgil Thomson, Benny Goodman, and Oscar Levant, offer not only a wide range of musical discussion, but read empathetically in the mindset of wartime servicemen and women abroad, a range of themes that take on heightened resonance in context: especially themes of musical Americanism, musical tropes of democracy, and the personal experience of war.
Plus, songs from his enviable back catalogue have been recorded by iconic acts such as Johnny Cash and kd Lang, and in 2015 he was presented with the ASCAP Deems Taylor
Award for excellence in music journalism.
Of Gaston's portrayal of Carmen in the 1950s, American critic and musicologist Deems Taylor
wrote: "There may be a better Carmen than Conchita Gaston, but I haven't heard one.
Imagine Hollywood releasing a film that begins with an orchestra slowly tuning up, then presents Deems Taylor
(a composer and music critic--in tails!) soberly instructing us that we are about to see "a new form of entertainment." Then comes ten minutes of abstract images set to Bach's "Toccata and Fugue in D-Minor," followed by some two hours of Tchaikovsky, Dukas, Beethoven, Ponchielli, Mussorgsky, Schubert and Stravinsky.
She also wrote the libretto for Deems Taylor
's opera The King's Henchman, first presented at the Metropolitan in 1927.
10, at about 65; Delmore Schwartz, poet, July 11, at 52; Deems Taylor
, composer and music critic, July 3, at 80; Sophie Tucker, the Last of the Red Hot Mamas, Jan.
KAUFMAN </IR> and <IR> MARC CONNELLY </IR> , with music by Deems Taylor
. This remarkably agile satire on big business and its ways with the artist takes its title from the proverbial phrase, and the idea of using a dream to express satire from a German play, Paul Apel's Hans Sonnenstoessers Hoellenfahrt.
The book, a revision of Massey's 2010 dissertation, received the ASCAP Deems Taylor
/ Virgil Thomson Award for Outstanding Music Criticism in 2014.
He has received eight GRAMMY nominations and his biography of Frank Sinatra, The Song Is You, received the ASCAP Deems Taylor
award in 1996.