New York, NY
December 8, 2013
January 18, 2014
American Philosophical Society
January 9 , 2014
Starring Campbell Scott and Melissa Errico (2013)
Starring Jonathan Cake and Melissa Errico (2014)
Script and Stage Direction by ERICA GOULD
Program Concept and Music Research by JESSICA GOULD
Sparks flew between the widowed Jefferson and the recently married Maria Cosway when they met in Paris, and their passionate correspondence lasted for almost 40 years. More Between Heaven and Earth incorporates the text of that correspondence, music Maria and Jefferson heard together in Paris, and songs that Maria herself composed for Jefferson.
Errico and Scott were be joined by soprano Jessica Gould, tenor Tony Boutté and a chamber orchestra. Musical selections include works by Corelli, Cosway, Duphly, Hewitt and Sacchini, including arias and sinfonias from the 1786 Sacchini opera Dardanus.
Igniting in Revolutionary Paris and unfolding over a 40-year epistolary relationship, the Jefferson/Cosway correspondence brims with exquisite music and eloquent prose, as the romance between two polymaths, the Statesman-Architect and the Musician-Painter, renders a vivid picture of musical life in 18th century France and America.
The Jefferson/Cosway letters reveal his evolving views on the Separation of Church and State intermingled with her account of a stifling marriage and the limited options open to a woman of brilliance. With an original script composed entirely of selections from their writings, this play with music features repertoire that they heard, composed, played, and sent to each other, including works of Corelli, Hewitt, Sacchini, and Cosway herself.