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The Resurrection of Lady Lester: A Poetic Mood Song Based on the Legend of Lester Young

The Resurrection of Lady Lester: A Poetic Mood Song Based on the Legend of Lester Young

Oyamo

ISBN: 9781892295514

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Poetry. THE RESURRECTION OF LADY LESTER is, in part, a retelling of the life of Lester Young, the great jazz saxophonist of the late 1930s and early 1940s. This work was presented at the Yale Repertory Theatre as part of the new play festival, Winterfest, in 1981. The playwright notes: this play] does not attempt to present Lester Young's life as chronological biography or as factual 'docudrama.' This piece is not a schoolroom lesson on an eccentric American genius. Just as Lester used the standard notes of a given melody to create a hundred new melodies and just as he used the words and grammar of English to create his own poetic language, so too have I used the 'legend of Lester Young' to create a universal story of an American musical hero. I sought his essence, not his obituary (from the Foreword).
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