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Music Text

Libretto based on the play by Dylan Thomas; German text by Erich Fried (E,G)

Scoring

colS,3lyrS,2M,A,T,lyrT,heldenT,2buffoT,5Bar,BBar,B,2buffoB,speaking roles,mimes; chorus; children’s chorus; taped voices; ballet;
2(II=picc,afl).2.corA.2(II=bcl).asax.2-4.3.3.1-timp.perc-2harps-org-accordion-elec.gtr-strings-tape;
On-stage:asax-pft-accordion-elec.gtr-drums-db

Abbreviations (PDF)

World Premiere
5/10/1973
Staatsoper, Hamburg
Conductor: Marek Janowski
Company: Hamburgische Staatsoper

Roles

CAPTAIN CAT Bass
REVEREND ELI JENKINS Buffo Tenor
MOG EDWARDS, cloth merchant Heldentenor
MISS PRICE, lady's tailor, his bride Coloratura Soprano
MR. WALDO, barber and ne'er-do-well Bass Baritone
MRS. OGMORE-PRITCHARD Mezzo Soprano
MR. OGMORE Tenor
SINDBAD THE SAILOR Lyric Tenor
3rd DROWNED PERSON Buffo Tenor
MR. PRITCHARD Buffo Bass
4th DROWNED PERSON Baritone
MR. PUGH Baritone
MRS. PUGH Contralto
MR. BEYNON, butcher Buffo Bass
MR. CHERRY OWEN Baritone
MRS. CHERRY OWEN Lyric Soprano
WILLY NILLY Baritone
5th DROWNED PERSON Baritone
POLLY CARTER Mezzo Soprano
ROSIE PROBERT Lyric soprano
GOSSAMER BEYNON Lyric soprano
several speaking roles
Time and Place

A day and a night in the Welsh fishing village Llareggub

Synopsis



A play, an impression for voices, an entertainment from obscurity – a play about the small town where I live, just simple and warm and comic, with much movement and changing moods so that in varied ways, through images and language, descriptions and dialogue, evocation and parody, one gradually comes to know the town as if one lived there oneself... All the cranks, whose eccentricities are briefly sketched impressionistically, they are all in their way normal and good people; the narrator (compere and chronicler, sort of conscience, a guardian angel) and the poet-priest do not judge, nor condemn – they only explain and make everything strangely simple and simply strange.


Dylan Thomas

Moods

Comic, Poetic

Subjects

Relationships, Society




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