The Wings of the Dove
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: Ethan Ayer
Other Artistic Personnel: Donald Oenslager (Set Designer)
Patton Campbell (Costume Designer)
Christopher West (Director)
Julius Rudel (Conductor)
Original Cast: Regina Sarfaty (Kate)
John Reardon (Miles)
Dorothy Coulter (Milly)
Norman Kelley (Lord Mark)
Martha Lipton (Aunt Maud)
Paul Ukena (Homer)
Mary LeSawyer (Susan)
Richard Fredericks (Steffens)
Maurice Stern (the Lecturer)
Frederic Milstein (Giuliano)
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Premiere Date: October 12, 1961
Producing Company: New York City Opera
Description: Kate Croy has no money, so she cannot wed Miles Dunstan, who instead marries the rich and frail Milly Theale. Miles hopes to inherit Milly’s wealth when she dies. Milly is told of Miles’s unscrupulousness, but she forgives him and expires. Miles then refuses to marry Kate unless she renounces his newly acquired fortune. She refuses and the couple separates.
Character List (Major): Kate Croy (mz)
Miles Dunster (bar)
Milly Theale (s)
Lord Mark (t)
Homer Croy (bar)
Aunt Maud Lowder (con)
Character List (Minor): Susan Stringham (s)
A Lecturer (t)
Guiliano (Major-Domo) (bar)
Minstrel (Madrigalist) (t)
Bit Parts: Steffens (bar)
Museum Guard (pantomime)
Length: 00:45
Total Acts: 2
Chorus: Madrigal chorus (AGMA minimum 6)
Orchestration: 2 fl (pic), 2 ob (ca), 2 cl (bcl), 2 bsn - 3 hrn, 2 tpt, 2 tbn - timp, perc - str
Ballet/Dance: Women for ballet
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