Kingston,NewYork 14February1931

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14February1931 - . record ' .Feudists' Folk Lore Is Theme Of New...
. record ' .Feudists' Folk Lore Is Theme Of New Opera ·-.. .iiy CARL CIIAN.MER. Chapel Hill, N. C., · (fpj.--Lamar ritringneld, Pulitzer prize winning composer In 1928, has returned to his native mountains'to produce hli o p e r a ' a b o u t moonshiners, feudlsts and mountaineers. · ' ' · . . Twlce,e.vpelled from preparatory school, Strlngfleld became a baseball player at Wake Forest and then a soldier on the Mexican border and In t h e World war. The gourd fiddle and an o l d break-down banjo, mountain Instruments, were the first among numerous musical instruments he learned to play. Study of the flute took him to New York masters. Recognition as a .soloist and orchestra conductor followed. Appearances before glittering orchestra circles were a part 'of his Jot. Tin J'an Alley beckoned, and he played for phonograph records and the radio. He won the Pulitzer IM'lze and studied abroad Today he I 5 back in the Mils of .North Carolina,, where he started, o l k lore and song, themes of his music and which, he savs, will furnish the basis for a distinctive American music, are the magnates ,, ,°H u i l l z l "S folk song already cpi ected by departments of the University of North Carolina, and' I .STRINGFIELD/ · by tho Carolina Playmakers, Stringfield plans to write more music and produce his two-act opera, . "The Mountain Song.". The'opera is based on the famous Anderson clan. Tlie gourd fiddle.used in reproducing the .mountaineer's songs, was seized in a raid on a still in Anderson's cove. Words'of oiie'of'th'e solos, "fhj .law Is my'.cnemy--It'don't do noih' ing f o r ' t o ' m a k e a'mani-i . law--because--the -law' 'hates M e ·· -.·climaxed a ' famous moonshiner's ' . st , r . l , n .B ft e!i's prize-winning su |( e ' '"Pi'oina'hc "Southern '.Mountains " ],' . based on/folk lore. '"Crlppie Creek last movement of that suite, is bated on an.oid. abng : about Cripple creek at Ashcvijle and was Inspired by the old . break-down banjo- which ih e .composer-plays. . .: -. This musician, ...who denies dial jazz . is , representatively. American .declaring .it "unstabillzed," a | 80 ' looks upon Indian music as "unlm. pbrtant" J and Negro music as a copy and' .distortion ' 6f. Anglo - Saxon theines, although., he has used both in his compositions.-. - . ''Bralims," "Beethoven, ; W a g n e r Strauss,' Griegi ali/tbok "folk lore of their country for their masterpieces aud- String/leld. says. American composers, .too., must find In tn«lr own folk songs tho Inspiration for a dls tlncilve American, music.. The mountaineer-composer, individualistic; . In .. his dress, usually wears blue .denim overalls, white shirt and- black sweater--or a black velvet.smoking jacket, oxfords and spats, i t . t h e weather is cold.

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  1. The Kingston Daily Freeman,
  2. 14 Feb 1931, Sat,
  3. Page 1

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