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Rorem, Ned: Our Town (2005) 120'
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Music Text

Libretto by J D McClatchy based on Thornton Wilder (E)

Scoring

Major roles: 2S,2M,3T,Bar,B; Minor roles: S,4T (from chorus); SATB chorus 2.1.2.1-2.1.0.0-pft-strings

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Territory

This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.

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World Premiere

24/02/2006
Musical Arts Center, Bloomington, IN
Vincent Liotta, director / C. David Higgins, designer / Indiana University Opera Theater / David Effron

Press Quotes

Deutsch

"...one of those rare new operas that seem destined to survive."
MusicalAmerica.com

An intimate chamber opera to match the play's spareness... Rorem's music is accessible, singable, and full of integrity."
New York Times

"Langorous melodic lines or fragments, often with an unmistakable Americana flavour, interact in the orchestra, and the vocal parts engagingly follow suit. If Wilder's play is to have music, Rorem's is credible and often exquisite."
Financial Times



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