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Autographed and inscribed first edition piano - vocal score of his opera, “Three Sisters Who Are Not Sisters”,  to John Andrewes, 1982.  The score was published by Boosey and Hawkes, New York, 1974, 68 pages.

Rorem (1923 -    ) composed his opera “Three Sisters Who Are Not Sisters” in 1968.  The work based upon Gertrude Stein’s 1943 melodrama of the same name was first performed by the Student Opera Workshop at Temple University on July 24, 1971.  The first professional performance was given by After Dinner Opera at Lake Placid, New York on July 27, 1971.

The work revolves around three girlfriends and two brothers who play a “game of murder” in one act.  Rorem specifies in his preamble in the score that the work could “be interpreted as children of the 1920’s”, or as “Victorian women and men in bustles and striped waistcoats? Or as contemporary adolescents”.

Bernard Holland as Music Critic of the New York Times gave the work a favorable review in 1994 following a concert performance at Merkin Hall in New York City.  Based upon the reviews we could locate, it has had performances both in the United States and Internationally, chiefly by student opera groups and professional chamber opera ensembles.  This year Boosey lists one performance to be given in May by conservatory students at the Academy of Music in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The inscribee, John Andrewes worked in music promotion at Boosey and Hawkes and was their executive who handled Benjamin Britten in the latter part of his career. Andrewes was also an occasional conductor.

NED ROREM  - COMPOSER
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