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Dave Soldier - Naked Revolution will prick up your ears / beyondcriticism

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Next to prick up your ears: Naked Revolution: A Socialist Realist Opera from Immigrant Dreams by the polymath Dave Soldier, composer without borders and Columbia University brain researcher(on the Mulatta label). The libretto, by Maira di Niscemi (a new name to me), is every bit as hallucinatory as the subtitle suggests. Our first excerpt, "I was not my father's eldest son," involves George Washington, the head of George III as a Roman Emperor (eat your heart out, Manuel-Lin Miranda!), and a trio of slaves. In our second, "Lenin at Smolny Institute," the Bolshevik kingpin confronts the ghost of Tsar Alexander. And finally, in "Sing of nature," the dancer Isadora Duncan, free spirit of the floating scarves and the naked feet, raises her voice in revolutionary, heavily Slavic-accented song to the far-from-receptive Soviet Chairman. Move this swirling impasto, intriguing to the front of the queue.

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