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Rorem, Ned

The Robbers (1956)

Duration: 28 minutes
Melodrama in one scene

Libretto by the composer after Chaucer's 'The Pardoner's Tale' (E)

Scoring
T,lyrBar,BBar 1(=picc).1(=corA).2(II=bcl).1-1.0.0.0-timp.perc(1 or 2):large gong/cyms/tgl/SD/xyl-pft(=cel)-1.1.1.1.1.
Abbreviations (PDF).


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



World Premiere
4/14/1958
Kaufman Auditorium, 92nd Street YMHA, New York, New York
Conductor: Carl Bamberger
Company: Mannes College Opera Workshop

Roles

THE LEADER, 1 of 3 thievesBass Baritone
THE LEADER'S COMPANION, 2 of 3 thievesTenor
A YOUNG NOVICE, 3 of 3 thievesLyric Baritone


Time and Place
Early evening in the 14th Century, the sordid second storey room of an inn


Synopsis
The opera is drawn from Chaucer's Pardoner's Tale.  Three thieves have just murdered a stranger for his gold. The corpse lies out in the open. The Young Novice repents, but the Leader and his Companion threaten him. The Young Novice remains apart from them while they divide the gold – into two piles! When he brings them some wine to drink, they stab him.  But the Young Novice had plans of his own: the wine was poisoned, and the murderers themselves were murdered.


Moods
Dramatic, Tragic


Subjects
Ethics, Literary





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