Ann McCutchan's work includes personal essays, books, and music libretti. She is the author of five books, the earliest 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: a personal essay collection, 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 May 2019. 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.