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"My Favorite Song"

Guest contributors select one song that has a special, personal meaning for them, sharing specific reasons about why they find the music and lyrics irresistible, and choosing a performance that they feel ideally captures the spirit of that song.

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"My Favorite Song"
June, 2014

Welcome to the monthly feature of the Vocal Arts DC web site in which guest contributors select one song that has a special, personal meaning for them, sharing specific reasons about why they find the music and lyrics irresistible, and choosing a performance that they feel ideally captures the spirit of that song.

From Judith Martin, aka, "Miss Manners".

Dominick Argento: "Manners at the Opera"

Where does one find a song that properly expresses the poignant plight of an elderly lady whose yearning for an operatic career has been thwarted by her inability to carry a tune?

I had to write it myself. Or rather, I slipped my non-vocal operatic credentials into my regular work, and the only person in sympathy with my ambition, my husband, turned impresario to take it from there.

He badgered my favorite modern composer, Dominick Argento, into putting my words to music; in fact, into writing an entire song cycle, "Miss Manners on Music," which includes this song, "Manners at the Opera." Then he enlisted our friend Phyllis Pancella to sing it, which she has done in many splendid performances, taking it upon herself to do wicked imitation of the librettist (me).

So far, it has not resulted in any job offers from opera companies. But it is a joy and a solace to me.

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"My Favorite Song"

Archive of Past Selections