The Making of Americans

by Anthony Gatto

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The Making of Americans
a radio opera after the novel by Gertrude Stein
music and libretto by Anthony Gatto

released by American Experience Recordings
americanexperiencerecordings.com

PART 1. Stories of the Progress of American Families
*Some men do wrong. (Julia Dehning and her mother)
*I will throw the umbrella in the mud. (Martha Hersland, child)
*Repeating Is what I am loving. (Martha Hersland, adolescent)
*I like loving. Sometimes. (Julia Dehning, newlywed)
*Once an angry man dragged his father (Chorus)

PART 2. The Marriage and Divorce of Julia Dehning and Alfred Hersland
*David Hersland’s Song for Julia
*Julia and her Mother wedding preparations
*Each kind of them (Alfred Hersland, groom)
*Resisting is like attacking (Julia Dehning, bride)
*Once an angry man dragged his father (Chorus)

PART 3. The Funeral of David Hersland
*If any one is sad enough (David Hersland, deceased
*Sharp knives and sharp scissors (Old Man)
*Not many are knowing angry feeling in them (David Hersland)
*Some were very pleased (Relatives at the funeral)
*When he was a young one (Old Man)

PART 4. History of a Family’s Progress
*Family living can go on existing.
*Any one has come to be a dead one.
*Some are not believing
*Very many are remembering this thing
*Any family living can be one being existing

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released February 12, 2020

PERSONNEL: Rachel Calloway, Anna Dagmar, Elizabeth Munn, Pamela Stein, sopranos; David Echelard, countertenor; Michael Mueller, tenor; Bradley Greenwald, baritone; JACK String Quartet, Zeitgeist Ensemble, David Pinkard, conductor. Produced and edited by Anthony Gatto, based on 2019 revisions to the score. Mixed by Chris Botta and Anthony Gatto. Mastered by Chris Botta.

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Anthony Gatto Brooklyn, New York

Born in Brooklyn, NY, Anthony Gatto has developed a diverse body of music, often informed by literary and visual arts, exploring alternative narrative modes and structures. His cross-media works include the music and libretto for Wise Blood, after the novel Flannery O'Connor, and The Making of Americans, after the novel by Gertrude Stein. ... more

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