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Schiff: Gimpel the Fool / Kiesler, Zeller, Fortunato, et al

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>Schiff, David : Gimpel the Fool
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

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Gimpel the Fool is a setting of the story by Polish-born American Yiddish writer Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-1991). In the words of the composer, also of Polish descent, "it turned out to be world full of spirits and demons, as well as a world inseparable from Judaism". The opera was given its first performance in November 1975 at Hebrew Union College in New York as a version for singers and piano. It was subsequently orchestrated and the full version is heard on this recording. David Schiff was born in New York City in 1945. He studied composition with Ursula Mamlok at the Manhattan School of Music and with Elliott Carter at the Juilliard School, and is the author of books on the music of Elliott Carter and George Gershwin. Since 1980 Schiff has taught at Reed College, Portland, Oregon.


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>Schiff, David : Gimpel the Fool
  • Performers: Alissa Mercurio (Voice); Megan Besley (Soprano); Thomas Glenn (Tenor); Judith Schiff (Soprano); Vale Rideout (Tenor); Bryan Hunt (Tenor); Tyler Oliphant (Baritone); Richard Zeller (Baritone); D'Anna Fortunato (Mezzo Soprano); Kevin Walsh (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Kenneth Kiesler
  • Ensemble: Third Angle New Music Ensemble
  • Notes: Kaul Auditorium, Reed College, Portland, OR (06/03/2003/06/04/2003)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary