My Dearest Friend
The Letters of John
and Abigail Adams
Patricia Leonard, composer
John and Abigail Adams, librettists
Sean Newhouse, conductor
Wendy Bryn Harmer, soprano
John Moore, baritone
Backed by an orchestra of some of Boston's finest musicians
World premiere musical work based on letters that president John Adams and his wife Abigail shared from 1762-1801.
America's first “power couple,” John and Abigail Adams shared a correspondence of over 1,100 letters from 1762-1801 that detailed some of the most significant events in American history. Their personal accounts of America's political tensions with Great Britain and their unyielding determination to design a new independent nation are beautifully nuanced with descriptions of domestic life in Boston, and underscored with Abigail's tremendous personal sacrifices to support her husband's political career. A progressive thinker in her own right, Abigail was John's greatest supporter and adviser from the time John left his family in Boston for the First Continental Congress through the completion of his term as the second President of the United States. Despite John's 27 years of public service, including many years away from his wife and children in Braintree, time and distance could not break the extraordinary bond of love between this husband and wife.
As I poured over their letters in my research, I wanted to design a musical work that encompassed the span of John and Abigail's entire relationship from early courtship and married life in the 1760s, to their active roles in major political events, and ultimately to Abigail's death in 1818.
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