Dorothy Rudd Moore

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Dorothy Rudd Moore (b. 1940) Harlem School of the Arts, teacher, 1965-66; New York University, teacher 1969; Bronx Community College, teacher, 1971; private piano, voice, sight-singing, and ear-training teacher, 1968-present. Considered one of her generation's leading composers of color, Dorothy has received commissions from the National Symphony, Opera Ebony, and the Buffalo Philharmonic. Her work, which includes chamber pieces, song cycles, orchestral music, and an opera, is admired for its high level of artistry and its seriousness of purpose. Moore's parents fully supported her ambitions to be a composer. She studied piano at the Wilmington School of Music, and became a student of Harry Andrews. Moore learned to play clarinet so that she could join the all-male band at Howard High. She graduated from Howard University in 1963 where she studied with Dean Warner Lawson, Thomas Kerr, and Mark Fax. She received the Lucy Moten Fellowship to study in France where she continued her studies with Nadia Boulanger in Paris in 1963 and Chou Wen-Chung in New York in 1965. In 1968 she became a co-founder of the Society of Black Composers in New York City.

Her works have been performed throughout the United States as well as in Europe and Asia. Other awards include an American Music Center Grant, 1972; New York State Council on the Arts Grant, 1985; several Meet the Composer grants. Her works, Dirge and Deliverance, and Songs from the Dark Tower were released by Performance Records in 1981. In 1985, the world premiere of her opera, Frederick Douglass, took place in New York City.

PHOTO BY BERT ANDREWS, from ACA Archives, Special Collections in Performing Arts, University of Maryland.

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4 DREAM and VARIATIONS (1973)
piano

5 FLOWERS OF DARKNESS (1990)
Tenor, piano

7 FREDERICK DOUGLASS, An Opera in 3 Acts (1985)
2-1-Ehn-2-bcl-1,2-2-1-btbn-0,perc,timp,pf,strings, Vocal Soloists

8 FROM THE DARK TOWER (1972)
Mezzo-Soprano, cello, piano

9 FROM THE DARK TOWER, orchestra version (1972)
mez-sop,orch:2-2-ehn-2-bcl-2, 4-3-2-btbn-1,cel,timp,str

10 IF MUSIC BE THE FOOD OF LOVE (1973)
2 sop, pf

11 IN CELEBRATION, chamber orch (1977)
SATB, sb soli, fl, cl, timp, perc (triangle, tambourine, gong), pf, strings

12 IN CELEBRATION, piano/vocal score (1977)
SATB, SB soli, pf

17 MOODS (1969)
vla,vcl

20 ONE AT A TIME, TWO AT A TIME - from the opera, Frederick Douglass (1984)
fl1,fl2,tp1,tp2,ob,ehorn,cl1,cl2,bcl,bsn,timp,perc,pf,vn1,vn2,va,vc,db; Soprano or Mezzo solo
Soprano or Mezzo, Orchestra

21 ONE AT A TIME, TWO AT A TIME - voice and piano (2019)
Mezzo or Soprano and piano

22 Papa Doc (2013)

23 PIANO TRIO No.1 (1970)
vln,vcl,pf

25 SYMPHONY NO.1(in one mvt,for orch) (1963)
orch:pic-2-2-3-bcl- 2-cbsn,4-3-3-1,3timp,vib,glock,cel,str

29 VOICES FROM THE LIGHT (1997)
SSAA women's chorus, oboe, string quartet & piano

30 WEARY BLUES, for Bar. and orchestra (1979)
Bar,orch:2-2-ehn-2-bcl- 2,2hn,timp,pf,str

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