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Rob Kapilow

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Dr. Seuss’s Gertrude McFuzz (1995)
Text Writer
Dr. Seuss
G Schirmer Inc
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
Year Composed
16 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s)
girl soprano
Alternate Orchestration
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Rob Kapilow Dr. Seuss’s Gertrude McFuzz (1995)
The classic Dr. Seuss story of the girl-bird who learns to like herself just as she is, presented in a delightfully lively musical style combining jazz, pop, and classical influences. Teaching self-acceptance and how to overcome petty envies and jealousies, Kapilow’s fanciful score uses a variety of instrumental timbre to evoke the story’s images.

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  • Ensemble
    Metamorphosis Chamber Orchestra
    Olivia Lombardi, Isabel Leonard, Nathan Gunn
    Robert Kapilow
    Gpr Records :
Kapilow is a very skillful composer trained by Nadia Boulanger. The scores to Green Eggs and Ham and to Gertrude McFuzz, which had its world premiere Saturday, are cheerful, brisk neo-classical affairs with lots of familiar tunes from classical music and popular culture worked into the texture; it is the kind of idiom that can move with ease from Stravinskian scrub-a-dub to some low-down blues... There's also an element in Kapilow's work that will remind others of the pastiche scores to early Disney and Looney Tunes cartoons. This observation is meant as a compliment -- it wasn't the intent of those soundtracks to introduce the language of concert music to generations of children, but that's what they did.
Richard Dyer, Boston Globe,01/01/0001
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