Libretto by Stephen Wadsworth; German version by Paul Esterházy (E,G), Libretto and Orchestration adapted by Garth Edwin Sunderland
Major roles: S,T,Bar,B; minor roles: M,A,2T,Bar,B; vocal quartet(SATB);
1(=picc.afl).1(=corA).3(I=Ebcl,III=bcl).1(=dbn)-188.8.131.52-perc(2)-pft(=cel)-strings:(min.184.108.40.206.1 or max.220.127.116.11.1)
World premiere of version
Konzerthaus, Großer Saal, Berlin
Ensemble Modern / Kent Nagano
Both authors should be credited at all times.
"Bernstein moulds the text into a ductile parlando, comments on and interprets the dialogues in the orchestra – and there is one thing he can do above all: transform complex feelings into melodies that sometimes wind around in free tonality, sometimes sound blues-like, or follow other patterns. The epilogue of the first act consolidates into a touching baring of souls.”