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Composer combines old, new

OLD STONE FORT MUSEUM SCORE---Left to Right, Composer Nicholas Ascioti, and Martin Zavadil, conductor of the Schoharie Valley Concert Band, talk about an original composition, by Eleanor "Nellie" Taylor (picture in foreground). Two of the original archived pieces of the original musical composition commissioned for the Schoharie Valley Concert Band incorporates three earlier historical pieces. Two of the earlier compositions are archived at the Old Stone Fort.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
OLD STONE FORT MUSEUM SCORE---Left to Right, Composer Nicholas Ascioti, and Martin Zavadil, conductor of the Schoharie Valley Concert Band, talk about an original composition, by Eleanor "Nellie" Taylor (picture in foreground). Two of the original archived pieces of the original musical composition commissioned for the Schoharie Valley Concert Band incorporates three earlier historical pieces. Two of the earlier compositions are archived at the Old Stone Fort.
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For Eleanor “Nellie” Taylor, “Love is a Game that Ev’ryone Plays.” So says the title of a tune with accompanying lyrics she composed and published in the early 1900s. A Schoharie County native, Taylor was a poet, artist, musical composer, writer and photographer who gained notoriety as a “free spirit.” She was the first woman to drive an automobile in the village of Schoharie — a 1903 Rambler — much to the dismay and shock ...


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