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Music Text

Lera Auerbach (E)

Scoring

2S.2M.2A.2T.2Bar.2B (6 solo voices with chorus)

Abbreviations (PDF)

Publisher

Sikorski

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

Roles

FIRST BLIND WOMAN Soprano
SECOND BLIND WOMAN Mezzo-soprano
THIRD BLIND WOMAN Contralto
FOURTH BLIND WOMAN Soprano
FIFTH BLIND WOMAN Mezzo-soprano
SIXTH BLIND WOMAN Contralto
FIRST BLIND MAN Tenor
SECOND BLIND MAN Baritone
THIRD BLIND MAN Bass
FOURTH BLIND MAN Tenor
FIFTH BLIND MAN Baritone
SIXTN BLIND MAN Bass
A DEAD PRIEST, A LITTLE CHILD Mute roles
Synopsis

In a lonely forest glade, a group of blind people await the return of the priest, who had led them there to enjoy the last rays of the sun before the onset of winter. Only the rush of the nearby ocean is to be heard. The longer the wait, the more uneasy the blind become: despairingly, they realize that in their helplessness they are unable to move from their place. Their fear increases to pure horror when they discover the priest’s dead body. The blind form a circle around the dead priest and begin to pray for forgiveness and deliverance. During the prayer, footsteps become audible. The presence of something eerie fuels the panic of the blind, who become more and more fervent in their prayer. In his mother’s arms, a small child, the only one in the group with healthy eyesight, breaks into fearful crying. What does the child see? Is it the approaching rescue so desperately hoped for, or is it death?

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