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NOT IN FRONT OF THE WAITER

or UNDER THE ASPIDISTRA

Music by Jacques Offenbach; Orchestration by Vilem Tausky
Libretto and adaptation by Colin Graham; Lyrics by Viola Tunnard

Administered for rental and amateur stage rights by Boosey & Hawkes in the UK.



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Licensing performances

If you wish to apply to perform the work, then please send an email to musicals@boosey.com stating the following information only:

1) Name of school/society

2) Where you are (city/town)

3) What you want to perform

4) When you want to perform (if exact dates are not yet known, then please provide the month)

We will then send you an application form by email to complete, along with details of costs involved. Once the form is completed and returned by email, a licence will be emailed to you for signature. Once signed we will be able to send you the music at the date requested on your application form.

Details of hire requirements should be submitted on the application form. We can provide orchestral parts (details below), as well as piano vocal scores.  Please note that you must use live musicians and the use of a backing track is strictly forbidden.


Information

INSTRUMENTATION
1 Flute I
1 Flute II  / Picc
1 Oboe
1 Clarinet I
1 Clarinet II
1 Bassoon
1 Horn I
1 Horn II
1 Trumpet I
1 Trumpet II
1 Trombone
1 Percussion
2 Violins I
1 Violin II
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Double Bass


THE STORY (A private room in a Paris restaurant, 1890)
A waiter is preparing to receive his guests in the private room of a Paris restaurant. Solange and Prosper enter and take a table next to an enormous aspidistra. From their (sung) conversation we gather they are both married, not to one another. A few minutes later, Hortense and Aristide come in and sit at an adjoining table. They are bent on a similar amorous escapade and are indeed the wife and husband of the first couple. It is not long before all is discovered, the ladies rather exaggerating their astonishment and becoming bitterly distressed. During this time the waiter has remained suitable silent, but when the remonstrations are at their peak he intervenes to say he has some information to impart of a kind that should put an end to the quarrelling. He then proceeds to reveal that from a strawberry mark on both ladies’ shoulders, he has recognised them as the daughters he shamelessly abandoned in their childhood. He pleads their forgiveness and recounts the sad story of how he was tempted from the straight and narrow path of dutiful paternity. At first, the four of them listen to this revelation with incredulity, but the ladies soon begin to rejoice in having found not only a father, but each of them a sister and also a brother-in-law. Reconciliation abounds. All join in a song of praise of family trees to which the aspidistra raises its head in acknowledgement.


INSTRUMENTATION
1 Flute I
1 Flute II  / Picc
1 Oboe
1 Clarinet I
1 Clarinet II
1 Bassoon
1 Horn I
1 Horn II
1 Trumpet I
1 Trumpet II
1 Trombone
1 Percussion
2 Violins I
1 Violin II
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Double Bass

 

THE STORY (A private room in a Paris restaurant, 1890)
A waiter is preparing to receive his guests in the private room of a Paris restaurant. Solange and Prosper enter and take a table next to an enormous aspidistra. From their (sung) conversation we gather they are both married, not to one another. A few minutes later, Hortense and Aristide come in and sit at an adjoining table. They are bent on a similar amorous escapade and are indeed the wife and husband of the first couple. It is not long before all is discovered, the ladies rather exaggerating their astonishment and becoming bitterly distressed. During this time the waiter has remained suitable silent, but when the remonstrations are at their peak he intervenes to say he has some information to impart of a kind that should put an end to the quarrelling. He then proceeds to reveal that from a strawberry mark on both ladies’ shoulders, he has recognised them as the daughters he shamelessly abandoned in their childhood. He pleads their forgiveness and recounts the sad story of how he was tempted from the straight and narrow path of dutiful paternity. At first, the four of them listen to this revelation with incredulity, but the ladies soon begin to rejoice in having found not only a father, but each of them a sister and also a brother-in-law. Reconciliation abounds. All join in a song of praise of family trees to which the aspidistra raises its head in acknowledgement.


PRINCIPAL CHARACTERS
Solange
Prosper
Hortense
Aristide
Block
Solange
Prosper
Hortense
Aristide
Block


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