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Rubinstein, Anton

Moses (1885-91)

Duration: 180 minutes

Sacred opera in eight scenes


English   Deutsch  

Libretto by Heinrich Mosenthal (G)


Scoring

2S,4A,10T,Bar,6B (doubled roles possible); chorus; 2.picc.2.2.2-4.2.3.1-timp.perc-2harps-pft-organ-strings

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Territory

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


Roles

PHARAOH, King of Egypt Tenor
ASNATH, his daughter Soprano
JOHEBET, an Israelite woman Contralto
MIRIAM, her daughter Soprano
A SLAVE OF ASNATH Contralto
MOSES Baritone
THE OVERSEER Bass
THE CAPTAIN of the warriors Tenor
JOB, an Israelite Old Man Tenor
THE VOICE OF GOD Tenor
JETHRO, Midianite priest Bass
ZIPORA, his daughter Contralto
A MESSENGER Tenor
AARON Bass
KORAH Tenor
FOUR LEVITE PRIESTS 2 Tenors, 2 Basses
KUR Contralto
JOSHUA Tenor
BALAK, King of Moab Bass
BILEAM, The Prophet Tenor
The Pharaoh's and Asnath's retinues, Egyptian warriors, Priests of Osiris, Priestesses of Isis
People of Egypt, Daughters of Midian, Edomites, The Elders of Israel in Moses's retinue, Israelite warriors, People of Israel
Balak's captains, Night spirits, the Heavenly hosts

Time and Place

Ancient Egypt and Sinai


Synopsis

Moses, a Hebrew foundling raised by Pharaoh's daughter, has to flee from the Egyptian court after having killed an oppressive overseer. In the desert, he hears the voice of God, announcing his people's liberation from slavery and making Moses his messenger. To end the plagues God has sent over Egypt, Pharaoh first allows Moses and the Israelites to leave his country, but then furiously follows them up with his warriors. The Egyptians perish in the Red Sea, whereas Moses and his people safely make their way through the waters. A voice from above declares to the Hebrews the Ten Commandments. But the people suffer from hunger, and when Moses climbs Mount Sinai to receive the tablets of the law, the envious priest Korah stirs up the people to rise against their leader. The situation gets out of control and the Israelites build up, and worship an idol. Finally, the traitors go to hell and the people repent and follow Moses to the promised land over the river Jordan.


Moods

Dramatic


Subjects

Ethics, History, Literary, Religion




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