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Joseph Deems Taylor

Critic and broadcaster

Born 1885, New York, New York
Died July 3, 1966, New York, New York
About Deems Taylor

An unashamedly populist composer, Deems Taylor had more performances of his works at the Met than any of his contemporaries, with a total of 30. However, his works never impressed critics and shortly after his death they dropped from the public's memory as well. Today he is better remembered for his work as a broadcaster and critic, including a featured role in the Walt Disney film Fantasia.

  • The King's Henchman, lyric drama in three acts
    Libretto by Edna St. Vincent Millay.
    February 17, 1927, Metropolitan Opera, New York, New York
  • Candle Follows his Nose
    Libretto by the composer after the short story by Heywood Broun.
  • Street Scene
    Libretto by the composer after the play by Elmer Rice.
  • Peter Ibbetson, lyric drama in three acts
    Libretto by Constance Collier and Deems Taylor after the novel by George du Maurier.
    February 7, 1931, Metropolitan Opera, New York, New York
  • Ramuntcho, opera in three acts
    Libretto by the composer after P. Loti.
    February 10, 1942, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • The Dragon, opera in one act for amateur performers
    Libretto by the composer after A. Gregory.
    February 6, 1958, New York, New York

Other Selected Works
  • Cap'n Kidd & Co., comic opera in two acts
    Libretto by W. le Baron.
  • The Echo, musical play in two acts
    Libretto by W. le Baron.
  • The Breath of Scandal, or The Mistress of the Seas, operetta in two acts
    Libretto by J. M. Flagg.

Discography Search for recordings of the music of Deems Taylor at Amazon.com

Arias from The King's Henchman (Lawrence Tibbett, Jan Peerce)

"I could never dedicate my days" from Peter Ibbetson (Licia Albanese)


Souvenirs from American Opera

CD / IRCC 818 (1998)

Last update: January 1, 2009