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I am an active composer, music teacher, farmer, and organizer of music events. I share a monthly Music as Meditation concert with listeners and fellow musicians and I organize several concerts of new music each year. I use this blog to tell people about my musical endeavors. You can find pages about The Davis Hill Farm and The Davis Hill Studio on this blog. Look for the orange link on the right-hand side of the page.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Two Arias

Here are two Arias from The Passion of Drury Doyle—an opera about the more infamous aspects of the career of John Brown. The first is called “Mahala Doyle's Lament” and is based on sworn testimony left by the real Mahala Doyle. In the testimony she describes the murder of her husband and two oldest sons committed by John Brown and his two oldest sons on Pottawattamie creek in the heat of the Kansas Troubles in 1857. The second aria is called “If There are Souls.” The lyrics for this aria come from Stephen Vincent Benet's book “John Brown's Body.”

Mahala Doyle's Lament:

If There are Souls

If you are interested in more material from this opera for performance, please contact me. I want to share my music but I would like to know when and where it is performed, so please contact me if you would like to use it.

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