OPERA SEARCH

Composer List


Title


Genre List


Opera Length



Advanced Search

*Deutsch

Photo: Courtesy University of Northern Colorado
Performed by University of Northern Colorado, 1985. Musical Director: Carl Gerbrandt

Moore, Douglas Stuart

The Devil and Daniel Webster (1939)

Duration: 65 minutes
Folk opera in one act

Libretto by Stephen Vincent Benet (E)

Scoring
M,3T,3Bar,2B,3speakers; chorus 2(II=picc).2(II=corA).2(II=bcl).2(II=dbn)-2.2.1.0-timp.perc-harp-strings Reduced scoring: 1.1.1.1-1.1.1.0-perc(1):timp/SD/sandpaper/cym/gong/chimes(offstage)/ tam-t-pft-strings.
Abbreviations (PDF).


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



World Premiere
5/18/1939
New York, New York
John Houseman, director
Conductor: Fritz Reiner
Company: American Lyric Theatre

Roles

JABEZ STONE, a New Hampshire farmerBass
MARY STONE, Jabez's wifeMezzo-Soprano
DANIEL WEBSTER, Secretary of StateBaritone
A FIDDLERspeaking role
MR. SCRATCH, a Boston lawyerTenor
JUSTICE HATHORNEspeaking part
CLERKBaritone
VOICE OF MISER STEVENSTenor
WALTER BUTLERspeaking part
BLACKBEARD TEACHBaritone
KING PHILIP, a jurorBass
SIMON GIRTY, a jurorTenor
Other Jurymennon-speaking roles
Men and Women of Cross Corners, New Hampshirechorus


Time and Place
1840s, Cross Corners, New Hampshire


Synopsis
Set in New Hampshire in the 1840s, the community of Cross Corners is celebrating the marriage of Jabez and Mary Stone. Jabez has recently become extremely successful.  In fact, there is some talk of his being nominated to run for governor. The celebration is a huge success, especially since the famous New Englander, Daniel Webster, appears as a guest at the party. There is another guest in attendance - a Boston lawyer named Scratch - who carries a black box under his arm. Jabez is terrified when he sees him. When a lost soul, in the form of a moth, flies out of the box, the crowd realizes that Jabez has sold his soul to the Devil, and they flee in a panic. Webster is asked to help save Jabez, and he immediately demands a trial for his client. Scratch, an excellent lawyer himself, fills the jury with infamous American traitors and renegades, including the hanging judge from the Salem witch trials. This jury of damned souls leaves Webster little hope of winning the case. However, in a blaze of oratory genius, Webster turns the tables on Scratch. Webster wins the case, and the crowd drives the Devil out of New Hampshire.


Moods
Dramatic


Subjects
History, Mythology, Society


Recommended Recording
Joyce Guyer, Brian Steele, Lyric Opera of Kansas, Russell Patterson
Newport Classics NPD 85585

Click here to purchase this CD from Amazon


*




Mailing List

Sign up for news updates and offers via email

SIGN UP
Audio Visual Gallery
Get Adobe Flash player
ONLINE SCORES

Explore our library of over 1000 online scores

VIEW SCORES
FAQ | Contact Us | Links | About Us | Shop Directory | Careers | Terms of use | RSS Index