In 1908 an odd, quiet man named John Sargent returned to Jackson Hole, Wyoming with his new bride, Edith—an eccentric New York socialite who enjoyed sunbathing nude, sitting in trees, and playing the violin—often all at the same time. Edith’s idyllic new life is immediately threatened as she hears rumors that John previously left town bankrupt and was suspected of murdering both his first wife and his business partner.
Based on a true story, composer Matthew Schickele’s chamber opera Marymere uses the talents of classical and folk musicians to portray an unusual couple escaping to America’s last frontier, but unable to escape the past.
Here's The American Opera Project page for the opera.
Here are video excerpts of previous concert productions.
To order scores, contact me.
Shortlist of Chamber Music by Matthew Schickele:
Since 1500, for four sopranos -- A setting of a partial list of North American animals that have gone extinct since 1500.
Lamplight, for singing cellist and drone
The Barbès Piano, for piano
Grove, for piano
Musings on, and Ending With, a Theme by Billy Dechand, for piano
Four Stone, for piano four hands
Cantata For Two (42) -- The Quotes of Douglas Adams set for voice and piano
Gates, for viola and cello
I Wanted To Be a Book, SSA
Love & Fallacies, a nano-opera for mezzo, baritone, and piano -- A short satirical opera based on informal logical fallacies
Map #1, for woodwind quintet
Days afield on Staten Island for soprano, tenor, baritone, and piano -- Setting of quotes from the 19th-century naturalist William Thompson Davis -- Available on the Five Boroughs Music Festival studio album, Five Borough Songbook
Gamps, for brass sextet
Mistranslations for Vocal Trio (SSA) -- NOTE: Are you performing Mistranslations from the published score (E.Henry David)? Please note: the first tempo should be marked eighth note = 84, not quarter note!
These albums are available on Bandcamp:
And mostly everything is available through your favorite streaming service, including: