Ann McCutchan is an essayist, journalist, memoirist, biographer, librettist, and musician. Of her five books, the earliest are a biography of French flute virtuoso Marcel Moyse (1994) and The Muse That Sings: Composers Speak About the Creative Process (1999) -- both important contributions to the literature of music and creativity. In 2011, she published two titles: Circular Breathing: Meditations From a Musical Life, and River Music: An Atchafalaya Story, an eco-biography of Louisiana musician Earl Robicheaux and the vanishing Atchafalaya River Basin he preserves and celebrates in sound. Where's the Moon? A Memoir of the Space Coast and the Florida Dream was released in 2016. She is currently finishing The Life She Wished to Live: A Biography of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of The Yearling, for W.W. Norton.
As a librettist, Ann recently completed Swan's Inlet, an opera based on an original story, in collaboration with composer Mark Alan Taggart (March 2018 premiere, Center for Contemporary Opera, NYC) and Purewater, a chamber opera based on André Gide's novella La Symphonie Pastorale, with composer Andrew Rudin, set for performance by the CCO in the 2019-2020 season. Among her eight previous musical texts is an original stage play for Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat (Chamber Music Hawaii commission).
Sample:Intellectual Refuge published an excerpt from Where's the Moon?Read it here. And a second excerpt! Here.