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Music Text

Libretto by Horace Everett (E)


2S,M,A,2T,2Bar,B,speaker; chorus
xyl/susp.cym/ratchet/BD/slap stick/tabor/sandpaper-harp-pft(ad lib)-

Chamber version by Murry Sidlin (1987):

Abbreviations (PDF)

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World Premiere
City Center, New York, NY
Jerome Robbins, director / New York City Opera / Thomas Schippers
World premiere of version
Oberlin College
Oberlin Conservatory Opera Laboratory
Programme Note

Following the less than enthusiastic reception of his only full length opera, Copland arranged an orchestral suite from the score. It includes the love duet, the lively square dance, and the stirring and beautiful The Promise of Living drawn from the quintet at the end of the opera's first act. The composer was gratified when the Suite garnered the good reviews he had hoped the opera would inspire. In 1996, Murry Sidlin created a new suite for soprano, tenor and chamber ensemble based on his successful reduced orchestration of the opera, which uses the same scoring as the 13 instrument version of Appalachian Spring.

-Vivian Perlis, 1998


Recommended Recording

Elisabeth Comeaux, Janis Hardy, Maria Jette, LeRoy Lehr, Dan Dressen, James Bohn, Vern Sutton, Agnes Smuda, Merle Fristad, Sue Herber, Plymouth Music Series Chorus, Plymouth Music Series Orchestra, Philip Brunelle
Virgin Classics VCD7592532

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