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THE NINTH PASSAGE, A FICTIONAL ACCOUNT OF ACTUAL EVENTS, IS THE STORY OF A ROMANCE BETWEEN A WWII VET TURNED CHOIR TEACHER AND AN ATTRACTIVE AND TALENTED STUDENT THAT DOES NOT END WELL.
While attending his fortieth high school reunion Dean Collins recalls memories long relegated to the subconscious regions of his mind. Memories of Alec Driver, a WWII vet and rather eccentric musician, and Tracy Ashbury, a talented and hauntingly beautiful student in his high school choir, and the amorous relationship they formed. Their relationship aroused the ire of the small Florida Gulf Coast community and one individual in particular. His new job in serious jeopardy prompted certain influential citizens to affect his rescue. Alec and Tracy’s eventual marriage and his choir’s unprecedented success appear to vindicate Alec’s rescuers or so it seems...
The novel spans the nine-year period from August 1953 to August 1962, a period that saw much change in the community and the lives of its citizens including that of the storyteller as he matures from adolescent to adulthood.
Among the many controversial events surrounding the subject of the story the most notable is his choir's unprecedented 1958 performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in concert with a full symphony orchestra. Numerous attempts to chronicle other similar high school performances of Beethoven’s Ninth have proved fruitless both prior and subsequent to 1958. That does not mean there are none it just means the National Music Education Association has no record of any other attempts. The Fourth Movement is considered one of the most difficult musical challenges for choral performance.
To see what happens to Alec and Tracy the novel may be purchased (USA) through Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Apple iTunes in hard cover, paperback or downloaded to an ebook reader. We trust you will enjoy the story. For overseas purchases see, among others: www.waterstones.com, www.foyles.co.uk, www.adlibris.com, www.loot.co.za or, www.booktopia.com.au
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FILM SCRIPT: Completed and professionally doctored film script (titled CLEARWATER) is available from the author.
Dale O Cloninger is Professor Emeritus of Economics and Finance at the University of Houston-Clear Lake where he held numerous positions including Dean of the School of Business. Author of scores of academic papers published in academic research journals and commentaries elsewhere, including herein, he has published two texts and this just released novel. A native of Florida he and his wife currently reside in Texas. This coming of age novel although fiction is based on his experiences and observations while growing up in Clearwater, Florida.
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DALE O. CLONINGER, PROFESSOR EMERITUS