MARVIN DAVID LEVY (b 1932 )
The American composer David Marvin Levy studied with Philip
James and Otto Luening at New York and Columbia Universities respectively. He
has been closely involved with opera and theatre music, and has made particular
contributions to American Jewish music.
Opera & Vocal Music
Levy won considerable success with his Metropolitan Opera commission Mourning
Becomes Electra in 1967, followed by The Grand Balcony, based on
Jean Genet, and the childrens opera The Zachary Star, with versions
either for Hanukka or Christmas. Vocal music ranges from settings of Edna St
Vincent Millay, to Canto de los marranos, reflecting the continuing persecution
of the conversos of 15th century Spain, and Shir Shel Moshe (Song
of Moses) of the Sabbath eve, to Masada, a biblical oratorio recalling
the heroism and defiance of Jewish resistance to Roman domination.