The music of Tempest comes from the Prelude to Beck’s lyric opera, The Biddle Boys and Mrs. Soffel (2000). Based on a tragic love story from the early twentieth century, Ed and Jack Biddle were condemned prisoners who escaped from the Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh, with help from the warden’s wife, Kate Soffel, who fled with them. The boys were tracked down by a posse and killed in a shootout. Mrs. Soffel was arrested at the scene and convicted for assisting them in their escape. Commissioned and premiered by the Tuesday Music Club of Pittsburgh, Beck’s opera was named by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as one of the Top Ten Cultural Events in Pittsburgh for the year 2001.
Tempest was recorded by the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, Mikel Toms conductor, and is the second movement of Beck’s Three Pieces for Orchestra. Tempest was released in 2018 on the Ablaze label. The third movement of this suite, Serenade, was released in 2017 on Ablaze and the first movement, By Moonlight, will be released on the same label in 2019.
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