Gallantry
Composer: Douglas Moore
Composer Bio: Douglas Moore is an acclaimed American composer, teacher, and author. Born in Cutchogue, NY he attended the Hotchkiss School before earning two degrees from Yale University where he studied with Horatio Parker. He served as a lieutenant in the Navy before moving to Paris to study composition under Nadia Boulanger, Vincent d’Indy, and Ernest Bloch.

His debut as a composer and conductor came in 1923 when he conducted his Four Museum Pieces with the Cleveland Orchestra. It won him a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship which he used to travel back to Europe to continue study with Boulanger. A few years later he began teaching music at Columbia University where he remained until his retirement in 1962. He was a popular teacher who often included studies of contemporary music. Outside the realm of classical music, Moore also wrote popular songs in collaboration with John Jacob Niles and childhood friend Archibald MacLeish. He wrote two books on music Listening to Music and From Madrigal to Modern Music.

Moore was revered in his Long Island hometown of Cutchogue. He died in the Eastern Long Island Hospital in the neighboring village of Greenport, Long Island in 1969.
Librettist: Arnold Sundgaard
Other Artistic Personnel: Emerson Buckley (Conductor)
Original Cast: Cecilia Ward
David Atkinson
Bonnie Murray
Joseph Sopher
Premiere Date: March 15, 1958
Producing Company: Columbia University
Description: The Announcer presents a commercial for Lochinvar Soap, a sponsor of the soap opera "Gallantry." The opera begins in a hospital hallway, where Doctor Gregg declares his love for anesthetist Lola Markham. Lola is already engaged to Donald Hopewell. When Doctor Gregg tries to kiss her, she slaps him. As they prepare for an operation, the Announcer interrupts with a commercial for Billy Boy Wax. In the operating room, Lola realizes that the patient is her fiancé, Donald. Lola finds out that Doctor Gregg is married. Lola confronts the doctor and threatens to expose him. Doctor Gregg tries to stab Donald with his scalpel but is deterred by Lola at the last minute. Donald awakens alone; Lola returns and warns him about the doctor. The Announcer comes out with a closing commercial for Lochinvar, as Lola and Donald sing of their love for each other.
Reviews: The New York Times, Bernard Holland, 8-31-88; Times-Union, Dardis McNamee, 8-11-81; Syracuse Herald-Journal, Earl George, 8-10-81; Syracuse Post-Standard, 8-6-81; The Observer-Dispatch, Joelyn Wakefield-Wright, 8-5-81
Length: 00:35
Total Acts: Not Available
Orchestration: 2 fl, 1 ob, 2 cl, 1 bsn - 2 hn, 2 tpt, 1 tbn - 3 perc - hp - str
Ballet/Dance: Dancers
Musical Style: Set-piece songs and choral numbers; arioso style; incorporates popular styles
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