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Torke, Michael

The Directions (1986)

Duration: 11 minutes

One act opera


English   Deutsch  

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)

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Territory

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


World Premiere
22/08/1986
Iraklion, Crete
Conductor: Theodore Antoniou
Company: Alea III


Roles

MAN Tenor
WOMAN Soprano
PASSER-BY Mezzo 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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