opera in one act and one scene
A Maeterlinckian discussion of fate.
Old Man, baritone
marionette family, and villagers (silent rôles)
scored for voices and piano (orchestration available)
Libretto by the composer in English and French after a play and poems by Maurice Maeterlinck.
English translations by William Archer (1908) and Bernard Miall (1915)
Synopsis: Three characters agonize in a garden of a household where death will soon make its presence known. They are aware of the body of a young girl who has committed suicide in the village river, and whose body is presently being borne back to her house and family by the villagers. Her family can be seen through the windows of their house, undisturbed, and peacefully unaware of the tragic news of the fate of their oldest daughter.
Performance duration: circa 18″
Piano-vocal score: $25 (38 pages)
Performance License: $250 (educational discount available)
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