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Torke, Michael

The Directions (1986)

Duration: 11 minutes
One act opera

Libretto by the composer (E)

Scoring
S,M,T; small chorus 1(=picc).1.1.0-1.1.0.0-perc:marimba/claves/tpl.bl/small timbale/tamb/ tgl/SD/sandpaper blocks/high and low bongos-strings(1.0.1.1.1).
Abbreviations (PDF).


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



World Premiere
8/22/1986
Iraklion, Crete
Conductor: Theodore Antoniou
Company: Alea III

Roles

MANTenor
WOMANSoprano
PASSER-BYMezzo Soprano
Chorus


Time and Place
Today, the intersection of 22nd Street and 3rd Avenue, Manhattan


Synopsis
A man and woman have been together for the evening and the man has just finished walking her home. They pause on the street corner in New York City where her apartment is. The man asks her how to get from 22nd Street and 3rd Avenue to his apartment on 116th Street and Riverside. The woman gives him directions, and he asks if she knows another way. A passer-by with hay fever overhears their conversation and simply suggests he take a cab. The man can't decide which way to return home. The woman offers one more suggestion: why doesn't he just stay the night with her? He agrees.


Moods
Comic, Romantic


Subjects
Relationships





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