I had begun to reconcil myself to a seemingly interminable wait for the book to come out when I got notice from the publisher, Rowman & Littlefield, that my copies were about to be shipped to me SIX WEEKS EARLY!! Talk about stunned!
They arrived this past Monday in three boxes. I took the smallest one back to work and opened it with much ceremony–if you can call tearing the box open like a kid at Christmas–in the company of several co-workers who had played a part in getting some of the books, scores and recordings I used in my research.
The book really looks great!! Now, I’m hoping that it will be well received. Guess I’ll know soon.
Sadly, my pleasure at the book’s arrival was tempered later that afternoon by the news that famed soprano Jessye Norman had died that morning. Many of us in the classical music world are taking it hard. Ms. Norman not only excelled in opera and European art songs, she was a mainstay as an interpretor of Negro spirituals. The tributes that are coming out about her are much deserved.