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Mary Carr Moore

Eminent West Coast composer

Born Mary Louise Carr
August 6, 1873, Memphis, Tennessee
Died January 9, 1957, Inglewood, California
About Mary Carr Moore

Born Mary Louise Carr, Mary Carr Moore was a music educator as well as a composer. Though she wrote a great deal of music for the stage, none of her works recieved professional productions during her lifetime. Active in the musical life of California and the Pacific Northwest, Mary Carr Moore was one of America's most prominent early woman composers. A conservative, tonal composer, her operas are in Italianate or Impressionist styles; Moore once left a performance of a more modern piece because she said it made her physically ill.

  • Narcissa, or The Cost of Empire, grand opera in four acts
    Libretto by Sara Pratt Carr.
    1912, Seattle, Washington, the composer conducting; also San Francisco, 1925; Los Angeles, 1945
  • The Leper
    Libretto by Dudley Burrows.
    composed 1912
  • Memories
    Libretto by Charles Eugene Banks.
  • Harmony
    Libretto by Mission High School students.
  • The Flaming Arrow, or The Shaft of Ku' Pish-ta-ya
    Libretto by Sarah Pratt Carr.
  • A Chinese Legend, or The Immortal Lovers, pantomime
    Libretto by F. H. Bruner.
  • David Rizzio, grand opera in two acts
    Libretto by Emmanuel Browne.
    May 26, 1928, Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles
    (Op. 89)
  • Los Rubios
    Libretto by Neeta Marquis.
  • Flutes of Jade Happiness
    Libretto by Laura Sweeney Moore.
  • Légende Provençale
    Libretto by Eleanore Flaig.

Other Selected Works
  • The Oracle, operetta
    Libretto by the composer.
    1894 (the composer played the lead at the premiere)

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Last update: January 1, 2009