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The rhythmic prose of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” throbs with the sound of music.
Cars honk, tires squeal, orchestras play, radios blare, jazz singers croon, champagne glasses clink, party guests buzz in what Fitzgerald calls “an opera of voices.” The willowy Daisy Buchanan speaks in a “low, thrilling” voice “full of money.”
For a composer, the rich sonic world of “The Great Gatsby” is richly suggestive and intimidating. Just ask composer John Harbison. It took him three years to write his opera based on the novel, commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera in New York and staged there in 1999 with considerable fanfare. On Sunday, Harbison’s opera will finally receive its Boston premiere in a concert version presented at Jordan Hall by Emmanuel Music.