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Coates, Albert

Pickwick (1936)

Duration: 131 minutes
An opera in three acts (twelve scenes)

Libretto by the composer after 'The Pickwick Papers' by Charles Dickens (E)

Scoring
Major roles: Bar,BBar,B; minor roles: 4S,5M,A,17T,8Bar,2BBar,B,4speakers,9mimes 2.2.2.2-4.2.3.0-timp.perc:xyl/t.bells-cel-harp-pft-strings.
Abbreviations (PDF).


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



World Premiere
11/20/1936
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London
Company: British Music Drama Opera Company

Roles

PICKWICK, founder of the Pickwick ClubBass-Baritone
TUPMAN, Pickwick's friend and Member of the ClubTenor
WINKLE, Pickwick's friend and Member of the ClubTenor
SNODGRASS, Pickwick's friend and Member of the ClubBaritone
WARDLE, owner of Manor Farm, Dingley DellBass
JOE, the fat boyTenor
TRUNDLE, Wardle's son-in-lawBass-Baritone
JINGLE, a strolling actorTenor
SURGEONBaritone
YOKELBaritone
THE IRATE GENTTenor
MILLERTenor
CLERGYMANTenor
SAM WELLER, Boots in the White Hart Inn, afterwards Pickwick's servantBaritone
TONY WELLER, coachman, Sam's FatherDeep Bass
PERKER, a lawyerTenor
SLUMKEY, candidate in the election at EatanswillBaritone
FIZKIN, candidate in the election at EatanswillBaritone
MAYOR OF EATANSWILLTenor
WHIFFIN, a crierTenor
THIN STUTTERING GENTTenor
ROBUST VOICETenor
DODSON, an attorneySpoken role
FOGG, an attorneySpoken role
WICKS, clerk at Dodson and Fogg'sSpoken role
JACKSON, clerk at Dodson and Fogg'sBaritone
ROKER, Turnkey in the Fleet prisonBass
TWO BEGGARSTenors
PRISONERBaritone
SMANGLE, a prisonerBaritone
MIVINS, a prisonerTenor
THE DRUNK MAN, a prisonerTenor
THE TIMID GENTTenor
THE CHANCERY PRISONERBass-Baritone
JOB TROTTER, Jingles's FactotumSpoken role
JUDGE STARELEIGHMimer
SERJEANT BUZFUZMimer
SERJEANT SNUBBINMimer
SKIMPINMimer
PHUNKYMimer
STIGGINSMimer
MRS WELLERMimer
OLD LADY, Wardle's motherMezzo-Soprano
RACHEL, Wardle's sisterMezzo-Soprano
EMILY, Wardle's daughterSoprano
ISABELLA, Wardle's daughterMezzo-Soprano
ARABELLA, their friendSoprano
CLERGYMAN'S WIFEMezzo-Soprano
EMMA, Parlour maid at WardleMezzo-Soprano
MRS BARDELL, widowContralto
TOMMY, her young sonMimer
LANDLADY OF THE WHITE HART INNSoprano
MARY, a serving maid in the White Hart InnSoprano
MRS CLUPPINSMimer
Soldiers, Servants, Farm Hands, Villagers, Prisoners, Guests, CrowdChorus (SATB)


Time and Place
England, 1830


Synopsis
At a military review, Pickwick and his companions Tupman, Snodgrass and Winkle are entertained by Wardle and his family. Wardle’s sister Rachel flirts with Tupman. At Dingley Dell, however, where Wardle next invites the Pickwickians, she transfers her affections to newcomer Mr Jingle, who elopes with her. Wardle and Pickwick give chase, and catch up with them the following morning, with assistance from a hotel boots, one Sam Weller. Jingle is paid off. Back at home with his widowed housekeeper, Mrs Bardell, Pickwick converses with her obliquely as to his hiring a manservant (Sam), but she, misunderstanding, believes him to be proposing marriage. Pickwick hires Sam. His next trip is to the Parliamentary Election at Eatanswill, where he is shocked to receive a letter from Mrs Bardell’s solicitors Dodson and Fogg indicating that she has begun an action for breach of promise of marriage against him. Pickwick loses the case and, refusing to pay damages of £750, is sent to prison. In the Fleet, he is struck with the suffering of other inmates – notably Jingle, now in dire need. Pickwick gives him money. Next to turn up is Mrs Bardell, unable to pay Dodson and Fogg’s fees. Winkle appears with his new wife Arabella, and thereafter Wardle and the other Pickwickians, including Snodgrass and his fiancée. In order to have Mrs Bardell released and to keep his friends happy, Pickwick agrees to pay the damages and is freed. In the final scene, Snodgrass and Emily are married from Mr Pickwick’s home. All rejoice, and Pickwick delivers his valedictory epilogue.


Moods
Comic, Dramatic


Subjects
History, Relationships, Society, Literary





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