The UC Irvine Libraries support the Chancellor's Distinguished Fellows Series by providing a bibliography of the works of each Fellow. The bibliographies are available in print at the Langson and Science Libraries and at each public event.
1999 - 2000 Series
The Great Gatsby. Opera in two acts. Music and libretto by John Harbison, after the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Popular song lyrics by Murray Horwitz. Commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the debut of James Levine. World premiere: 20 December 1999, Metropolitan Opera, New York City.
Great Gatsby (full-score): Forthcoming.
Gatsby Songs (piano-vocal score): Main M1508.H255 G3 1999
Great Gatsby (libretto/words). New York: G. Schirmer; Milwaukee: distributed by Hal Leonard, c1999. Main ML50.H37 G7 1999
Production notes and details.
Questions and answers with the composer about The Great Gatsby.
Interview with Harbison by Karen Nascembeni, Arts Around Boston
Online excerpts from major newspaper reviews of The Great Gatsby.
Baker, David J. "The Sound of Gatsby," Opera News, 64/6 (December 1999): 32.
"The Great Gatsby [opera plot/analysis]," Opera News, 64/6 (December 1999): 76
Gates, David. "A Tale of Two Obsessions: Making 'Gatsby' Sing," Newsweek, December 13, 1999, 88.
Lieberman, Paul. " Another Second Act for Gatsby. Green Light for An American Dream," Los Angeles Times [Sunday Calendar], 19 December 1999, 8-9, 103.
[Harbison's works are published by Associated Music Publishers and
McGinnis & Marx Publishers]
Recordings of his works appear on various labels: New World Records, Koch International, Archetype Records, Aca Digital, Centaur, Arizona University Recordings, Bridge, etc.
Bond, Victoria. "Towards Creating a Composer-friendly Environment." Journal of the Conductors' Guild, 11/3-4 (Summer-Fall 1990): 89-95.
----------. "A Double Life." Symphony, 47/1 (Jan.-Feb. 1996):18-24, 64-68.
Bonous-Smit, Barbara. John Harbison: His Life and Works with Piano. Ph.D. dissertation, New York University, 1996.
Davis, William. "Wind Quintets by Twenty-two Celebrated American Composers." NACWPI Journal, 45/1 (Fall 1996):17-19.
Hallowell, M. "Textural Notes," Boston Phoenix, 23 October 1979, 2.
Harbison, John. "Facing Rock Reality", Contemporary Music Review, 1990.
----------. "Six Tanglewood Talks (1,2,3)." Perspectives of New Music, 23/2 (Spring-Summer 1985): 12-22.
----------. "Six Tanglewood Talks (4,5,6)." Perspectives of New Music, 24/1 (Autumn-Winter 1985):46-60.
----------. "Symmetries and the 'New Tonality'". Contemporary Music Review, 6/2 (1992):71-80.
Isenberg, Barbara. "Courting the Muse in the 20th Century," Los Angeles Times, April 22, 1990, Calendar p. 5.
Larson, Linda Louise. Realistic Song in Recent American Opera. D.M.A. dissertation, University of Texas, Austin, 1996.
Markoch, Jerome R. "Analysis: 'Music for Eighteen Winds,' by John Harbison." Journal of Band Research, 30/2 (Spring 1995):1-26.
Oestreich, James R. "Portrait of a Composer as Man and Musician." The New York Times, Feb. 5, 1998: E1, E3.
Peyser, J. "Harbison's Continuing Ascent," The New York Times, 16 August 1981, 2.
Pollack, Howard. Harvard Composers: Walter Piston and His Students, from Elliott Carter to Frederic Rzewski. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1992.
Schwartz, Lloyd. "Music: Hard-Won Directness," Atlantic Monthly, 253/3 (1984): 116.
Seabrook, Mike. "John Harbison and his Music." Tempo, 197 (July 1996):7-11.
Spittal, Robert Joseph. Three City Blocks by John Harbison. D.M.A. dissertation, University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, 1995.
Stanger, Claudia. "The Semiotic Elements of a Multiplanar Discourse: John Harbison's Setting of Michael Fried's Depths." In Music and Text: Critical Inquiries, ed. Steven Paul Sher. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1992.
Swed, Mark. "American Composer: John Harbison." Chamber Music, 14/3, (June 1997):12-13.
Tassel, J. "A Homecoming for John Harbison," Boston Globe Magazine, 26 February 1984.
Ulrich, A. "The Trials of a Hot Composer," San Francisco Examiner, 20 October 1981, 2.
Walsh, M. "Composer With a Hot Hand," Time, 118/8 (1981), 64.
John Harbison - G. Schirmer Inc./Associated Music Publishers http://www.schirmer.com/composers/harbison_bio.html Contains a list of his works, a biography, an essay on Harbison by David St. George, various composer's notes and reviews of his works, and a list of upcoming performances of his works.
John Harbison - Metropolitan Opera News http://www.metopera.org/news/990301-harbison.html
John Harbison - Heinz Award Recipient 1997 http://www.awards.heinz.org/harbison.html
Canon. By John Harbison - MIT Rosalind Denny Lewis Music Library website. http://libraries.mit.edu/music/canon.html
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