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Benjamin, Arthur: A Tale of Two Cities (1949-50) 135'
Romantic Melodrama in six scenes

Music Text

Libretto by Cedric Cliffe after the novel by Charles Dickens (E)

Scoring

Major roles: dramS,lyrS,2T,Bar minor roles: S,lyrS,3A,4T,4Bar,4B,3speakers,child mime; chorus 3.2.2.2-4.0.3.1-timp.perc:glsp/tamb/SD/TD/BD/cyms/gong/chains/tgl/ coconut shells-harp-cel-pft-strings

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Territory

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World Premiere

17/04/1953
BBC, London
BBC Broadcast / Arthur Benjamin

World stage premiere

22/07/1957
Sadler's Wells, London
Anthony Besch, director / New Opera Company / Leon Lovett



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