Hilary Koprowski: Freud and the High “C”

for mezzo-soprano, voice, flute, bassoon and piano

20+8+4+4+2  pp., $29.95, Presser Order number 491-00483 (VOXH-11)

freud.gif Freud and the High “C” is a spoof on Freud who, with few exceptions such as Mozart, disliked music. The composition touches on the personalities of the composers who ranged from murderers and self-destroyers to those who had some strange personal habits. This strategy was utilized to allow my heroine to have “musical” nightmares. The idea of the High “C” came from the play with orchestra “Every good boy deserves a favor” by Tom Stoppard. In the play one of the Ivanovs is incarcerated in an institution as a psychotic who always hears the High “C.”

hilary.jpgHilary Koprowski was born in Warsaw, Poland. He graduated in piano from the Warsaw Conservatory but turned to medicine, obtained his M.D. degree in Warsaw in 1939, and adopted scientific research as his life’s work. He continued his musical studies in Rome, where he graduated from the Santa Cecilia Academy in 1940. It is only now, following great success and notoriety in his career as a scientist, that Dr. Koprowski has allowed himself the time to pursue his musical interests that have always meant so much to him.

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