Writing Albert Herring

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Undated manuscript script, in Eric Crozier's hand, entitled 'Albert the Good' and including a short retelling of the Maupassant story intended for performance by Crozier and Nancy Evans with musical illustration and slide suggestions, possibly connected with the Brown Symposium (see ECR/1/2/3), or an Opera 80 special event at the Regent Theatre, Ipswich. Two other documents also entitled 'Albert the Good!' are also included but these appear to relate to typescript drafts that began under the title 'The Writing of Albert Herring' (all dated 1992) rather than the manuscript.

Additional background materials include:

- typed version of 'Madame Husson's Rose-King' associated with the Crozier and Evans performance, adapted from Marjorie Laurie's translation

- typescript summary of the plot of Albert Herring with manuscript annotations, including references to musical illustrations

- typescript copies of extracts from Crozier's letters to Evans, and photocopy of Crozier's letter to Hans Oppenheim, prepared in connection with programmes for productions of Albert Herring in Warsaw in 1986 and at Covent Garden in 1989

- typescript entitled 'Foreword to Libretto (1947)'

- typescript draft of 'Foreword' with annotations including 'Pub. by Decca Records, 1965', and a later corrected copy entitled 'Foreword to Albert herring recording (July 1964)'

- photocopy of Covent Garden programme from 1989, reproducing Crozier's original synopsis and an excerpt from his Foreword to the libretto

- photocopy of Madame Husson's Rose-King in the Marjorie Laurie, Penguin edition of Boule de Suif and Other Stories, text marked up, probably in preparation for the adaptation used in Crozier and Evans' performance

- photocopy of Robert Terrell Bledsoe's article 'Chastity and Darkness in Albert Herring'

- undated review by Jacques-Emmanuel Fousnaquer of a performance of Albert Herring at Espace Cardin

- transcriptions of letters to Eric from John (probably Christie), and Nancy from Kathleen (Ferrier), dated January and June 1947

- transcribed recollection of Albert Herring and its setting by Joan Cross

- manuscript list of 'published articles'

- handwritten list in Crozier's hand of Albert Herring musical illustrations, labelled 'Albert Herring (BBC 1948)'

- handwritten quotation from Ethel Smyth about new operas, in Crozier's hand

- typescript list of Albert Herring musical illustrations, marked 'Selected Scenes, For Texas: 22/24 Feb 1985), possibly relating to The Brown Symposium

- manuscript transcription of 'Foggy, foggy dew' annotated (Eel's Foot Version)

- black and white photograph of small child dressed for the beach, labelled by Crozier 'Albert When Young'

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