Libretto by Sam Houston Brock after the Noh play by Kanami Kiyotsugu (E)
S,M,T,BBar,2dancers(male and female)
Boosey & Hawkes
This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes
for the world.
Kaufmann Concert Hall, New York, New York
Sanae Kawaguchi, director
Conductor: Sheldon Soffer
Company: Music in Our Time
|THE YOUNG KOMACHI
Time and Place
Any time period, anyplace
Ono no Komachi, once a beautiful and heartless poet, reflects on her past and on her present shame and misery, evoking her younger self as a vision. Thinking she is a beggar, two priests try to instruct and admonish her, but she remains unmoved, and she reveals her true identity. The chorus tells the story of a Captain who was madly in love with the young Komachi. The cruel and captivating beauty demanded that he visit her in his chariot for a hundred nights before he could enjoy a rendezvous with her. He died just before his task was completed. The Captain's love and anger now possess Komachi's soul and have left her a miserable, withered old woman. The priests pray for her.
Dramatic, Poetic, Romantic