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George Whitefield Chadwick

New England School verismo

Born November 13, 1854, Lowell, Massachusetts
Died April 4, 1931, Boston, Massachusetts
About George W. Chadwick

One of the leaders of the Second New England School of American composers, Chadwick wrote a good deal of vocal music, including operas, operettas, songs, and large-scale choral works. His opera The Padrone, a verisimo opera dealing with the persecution of a group of Italian immigrants by a petty gangster, was rejected for performance at the Met because of its subject matter; it was one of the first American operas with a contemporary libretto. It was not premiered until 1995.

  • Tabasco, burlesque opera in two acts
    Libretto by R. A. Burnet.
    April 9, 1894, Thomas Q. Seabrooke Opera (professional premiere); January 29, 1894, Boston, Massachusetts (amateur production)
  • Judith, lyric drama
    Libretto by William Chauncy Langdon after the biblical Book of Judith.
    September 23, 1901, Worcester Festival, Worcester, Massachusetts
  • The Padrone, opera in two acts
    Libretto by D. Stevens after an original story by the composer.
    composed 1912; premiere September 29, 1995, Waterbury, Connecticut
    (composed for the Metropolitan Opera but rejected)
  • Love's Sacrifice, pastoral opera in one act
    Libretto by D. Stevens.
    February 1, 1923, Chicago, Illinois
    [composed for school performance]

Other Selected Works
  • The Peer and the Pauper, comic operetta in two acts
    Libretto by R. Grant.
    composed 1884
    [never performed; lost]
  • A Quiet Lodging, operetta in two acts
    Libretto by A. Bates.
    April 1, 1892, Boston, Massachusetts

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George W. Chadwick

Judith (piano-vocal score)

Da Capo 1972

Last update: January 1, 2009