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Copland, Aaron

The Second Hurricane (1936)

Duration: 53 minutes
A play opera in two acts for school performance

Libretto by Edwin Denby (E)

Scoring
2S,A,2T,Bar,B,3adult speakers; mixed chorus 1(=picc).1.2.asax(=tsax).1-0.2.1.0-timp.perc:susp.cym/cyms/SD/BD/ glsp/xyl/tgl/tam-t-pft-musical saw (theremin)-strings.
Abbreviations (PDF).


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



World Premiere
4/21/1937
At The Playhouse, 466 Grand Street, New York, New York
Orson Welles, director
Conductor: Lehman Engel
Company: Music School of the Henry Street Settlement

Roles

BUTCH, a new kid in townTenor
FAT, a bullyBass
GYP, Fat's younger brotherBaritone
LOWRIE, eggheadTenor
GWEN, resoluteContralto
QUEENIE, head of the classSoprano
JEFF, a black country boySoprano
MR. MACLENAHAN, Butch's fatherspeaking role
MISS EULALIE, the central telephone operatorspeaking role
Chorus of high school pupils
Chorus of parents
Chorus of grammar school pupils


Time and Place
1930s, the Southeastern United States


Synopsis

The Second Hurricane is a parable set in the years after the Great Depression in middle America. Recruited to help with the rescue effort after a hurricane hits, a group of high school students become stranded themselves. Marooned on Two-Willow Hill, as the flood waters rise around them, they are at first reluctant to act together as a team. During the course of the opera, they gradually learn to work together, not only for survival but for true freedom.


Moods
Dramatic


Subjects
Ethics, Relationships, Society


Recommended Recording
John Richardson, Omega Melbourne, Julian Liss, Steven Wertheimer, Julie Makis, Lawrence Willis, Marion Cowings, New York High School of Music and Art Soloists, New York High School of Music and Art Chorus, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein
Sony 60560

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