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Photo: Courtesy Marvin David Levy
Performed by After Dinner Opera Co., 92nd St. Y, 1957. Vivian Thom : Komachi, Dancer: Thomas Ribbink.

Levy, Marvin David

Sotoba Komachi (1957)

Duration: 30 minutes
Lyric drama in one scene

Libretto by Sam Houston Brock after the Noh play by Kanami Kiyotsugu (E)

Scoring
S,M,T,BBar,2dancers(male and female) 1.1.0.0-0.0.0.0-perc(1):timp/gong/tgl/SD/wdbl/cym(on stand)/tpl.bls- harp-0.0.1.1.0.
Abbreviations (PDF).


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



World Premiere
4/7/1957
Kaufmann Concert Hall, New York, New York
Sanae Kawaguchi, director
Conductor: Sheldon Soffer
Company: Music in Our Time

Roles

SOTOBA KOMACHISoprano
1st PRIESTBass Baritone
2nd PRIESTTenor
CAPTAIN SHII-NO-SHOSHODancer (male)
THE YOUNG KOMACHIDancer (female)
CHORUSMezzo Soprano


Time and Place
Any time period, anyplace


Synopsis
Ono no Komachi, once a beautiful and heartless poet, reflects on her past and on her present shame and misery, evoking her younger self as a vision. Thinking she is a beggar, two priests try to instruct and admonish her, but she remains unmoved, and she reveals her true identity.  The chorus tells the story of a Captain who was madly in love with the young Komachi. The cruel and captivating beauty demanded that he visit her in his chariot for a hundred nights before he could enjoy a rendezvous with her. He died just before his task was completed.  The Captain's love and anger now possess Komachi's soul and have left her a miserable, withered old woman. The priests pray for her.


Moods
Dramatic, Poetic, Romantic


Subjects
Magic/Mystery, Relationships





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