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Floyd, Carlisle: Susannah (1953-1954) 105'
A musical drama in two acts

Music Text

Libretto by the composer, based on a story from the Apocrypha (E,G)

Scoring

Major roles: S,T,BBar; minor roles: 2S,M,A,3T,2Bar; chorus; dancers 2(II=picc).2(II=corA).2(II=bcl).2(II=dbn)-4.2.3.1-timp.perc:SD/cyms/ gong/xyl-cel-harp-strings

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Territory

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World Premiere

24/02/1956
Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Lynn Orr, director / Florida State University / Karl Kuersteiner

Press Quotes

“Composed 50 years ago at the height of the McCarthy persecutions, it is a flawlessly effective melodrama focused on an innocent woman victimised by a narrow Evangelical community in rural Tennessee. …it speaks straight to the heart through music of uninhibited tonal simplicity and Pucciniesque fervour.”
Daily Telegraph

Recommended Recording

Cheryl Studer, Jerry Hadley, Samuel Ramey, Kenn Chester, Michael Druiett, Steven Cole, Stuart Kale, David Pittsinger, Anne Howells, Della Jones, Jean Glennon, Elisabeth Laurence, Lyon Opera Chorus, Lyon Opera Orchestra, Kent Nagano
Virgin Classics VCD5450392

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