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Dream Sequence '76

Dream Sequence '76

a theater piece in two parts

libretto by Alvin Singleton


  • Instrumentation: 8 singers (SSAATTBarB), 2 actors, pantomime, 6 extras (silent parts), chamber orchestra and tape
  • Edition: performance material
  • Language: English

 
Description
An exposé of America at its 200th birthday, Dream Sequence ’76 braids together everyday settings like a classroom, a neighborhood street scene, and a square dance with weighty government events like a Presidential press conference and a Supreme Court hearing. Alvin Singleton, who drafted the libretto himself, incorporates quotations from such diverse iconic American figures as Abigail Adams, John Quincy Adams, Chief Red Cloud, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Thomas Paine, Harry S. Truman, and Malcolm X.
Dream Sequence ’76 was commissioned by the American Institute of Musical Studies for the Bicentennial celebration of the United States. While expressing a patriotic sentiment and highlighting the lofty goals on which the country was founded, it deliberately also addresses how America, even two centuries on, continues to struggle with issues of racial hatred, poverty, and social injustice. Its title seems to allude to the phrase ‘The American Dream’ as well as Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous speech, suggesting that the nation still has much work remaining in turning its dreams into reality. It is, nevertheless, an optimistic and forward-looking work, dedicated to children of the world in the hopes that they may succeed in fulfilling the nation’s long-standing aspirations.
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the American Institute of Musical Studies for the Bicentennial celebration of the United States
Performance duration: 70'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Corporation
Uraufführung : 12. August 1976 Graz, Haus der Jugend (Orpheum) (A) · Dusan Parizek, pantomime; singers of the American Institute of Musical Studies Summer Institute · Dirigent: Maurice Peress · Orchestra of the American Institute of Musical Studies Summer Institute · Inszenierung: Lee Owens · Bühnenbild: Lásló Varvasovszky
Year of composition: 1976
instrumentation: 1(pic).0.0.asax.tsax(cl).1-0.1.1.1-2perc(I: mar, tri, 2sus cym, s.d, tamb, 2tom-t, 2cong, 2wdbl, police whistle; II: vib, 2cowbells, tri, h.h, tom-t, 2bong, b.d, clav, marac, car horn)-egtr.pno-str(1.1.1.1.1)-tape (voices of children at play)
occupation: 3rd young student, Maid, Housekeeper, Girlfriend, Lover, Dancer · soprano - Young student, College student, 2nd reporter, Girl with balloon, Dancer · soprano - Young student, Doctor, 3rd reporter, 1st girl playing, Dancer · contralto - Young student, Expectant mother, 2nd girl playing, Dancer · contralto - 1st young student, Protestant minister, 1st gang member, Lover, Dancer · tenor - Young student, Farmer, 4th reporter, 2nd gang member, 1st boy playing catch, Dancer · tenor - 2nd young student, Artist, 3rd gang member, 2nd boy playing catch · baritone - Young student, Politician, 1st reporter, Policeman, Dancer, Old indian · bass - Teacher, Old lady, Mother with baby carriage, Pretty girl · actress - Soldier, President, Ice-cream man, Hot dog and cold drink vendor, Square dance master, Judge · actor - Drum major for peace, justice and righteousness · mime - 5 workers, 3 guys on the corner, an old man, street cleaner, a woman in hair curlers · six extras (silent parts) - Chorus · all 8 singers
Delivery rights: worldwide
Performances
Conductor: Maurice Peress
Orchestra: Orchestra of the American Institute of Musical Studies Summer Institute
1976-08-21 | Wien (Austria), Konservatorium
Conductor: Maurice Peress
Orchestra: Orchestra of the American Institute of Musical Studies Summer Institute
1976-08-13 | Graz (Austria), Haus der Jugend (Orpheum)
Conductor: Maurice Peress
Orchestra: Orchestra of the American Institute of Musical Studies Summer Institute
1976-08-12 | Graz (Austria), Haus der Jugend (Orpheum) | World Premiere
An exposé of America at its 200th birthday, Dream Sequence ’76 braids together everyday settings like a classroom, a neighborhood street scene, and a square dance with weighty government events like a Presidential press conference and a Supreme Court hearing. Alvin Singleton, who drafted the libretto himself, incorporates quotations from such diverse iconic American figures as Abigail Adams, John Quincy Adams, Chief Red Cloud, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Thomas Paine, Harry S. Truman, and Malcolm X.
Dream Sequence ’76 was commissioned by the American Institute of Musical Studies for the Bicentennial celebration of the United States. While expressing a patriotic sentiment and highlighting the lofty goals on which the country was founded, it deliberately also addresses how America, even two centuries on, continues to struggle with issues of racial hatred, poverty, and social injustice. Its title seems to allude to the phrase ‘The American Dream’ as well as Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous speech, suggesting that the nation still has much work remaining in turning its dreams into reality. It is, nevertheless, an optimistic and forward-looking work, dedicated to children of the world in the hopes that they may succeed in fulfilling the nation’s long-standing aspirations.
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the American Institute of Musical Studies for the Bicentennial celebration of the United States
Performance duration: 70'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Corporation
Uraufführung : 12. August 1976 Graz, Haus der Jugend (Orpheum) (A) · Dusan Parizek, pantomime; singers of the American Institute of Musical Studies Summer Institute · Dirigent: Maurice Peress · Orchestra of the American Institute of Musical Studies Summer Institute · Inszenierung: Lee Owens · Bühnenbild: Lásló Varvasovszky
Year of composition: 1976
instrumentation: 1(pic).0.0.asax.tsax(cl).1-0.1.1.1-2perc(I: mar, tri, 2sus cym, s.d, tamb, 2tom-t, 2cong, 2wdbl, police whistle; II: vib, 2cowbells, tri, h.h, tom-t, 2bong, b.d, clav, marac, car horn)-egtr.pno-str(1.1.1.1.1)-tape (voices of children at play)
occupation: 3rd young student, Maid, Housekeeper, Girlfriend, Lover, Dancer · soprano - Young student, College student, 2nd reporter, Girl with balloon, Dancer · soprano - Young student, Doctor, 3rd reporter, 1st girl playing, Dancer · contralto - Young student, Expectant mother, 2nd girl playing, Dancer · contralto - 1st young student, Protestant minister, 1st gang member, Lover, Dancer · tenor - Young student, Farmer, 4th reporter, 2nd gang member, 1st boy playing catch, Dancer · tenor - 2nd young student, Artist, 3rd gang member, 2nd boy playing catch · baritone - Young student, Politician, 1st reporter, Policeman, Dancer, Old indian · bass - Teacher, Old lady, Mother with baby carriage, Pretty girl · actress - Soldier, President, Ice-cream man, Hot dog and cold drink vendor, Square dance master, Judge · actor - Drum major for peace, justice and righteousness · mime - 5 workers, 3 guys on the corner, an old man, street cleaner, a woman in hair curlers · six extras (silent parts) - Chorus · all 8 singers
Delivery rights: worldwide
Conductor: Maurice Peress
Orchestra: Orchestra of the American Institute of Musical Studies Summer Institute
1976-08-21 | Wien (Austria), Konservatorium
Conductor: Maurice Peress
Orchestra: Orchestra of the American Institute of Musical Studies Summer Institute
1976-08-13 | Graz (Austria), Haus der Jugend (Orpheum)
Conductor: Maurice Peress
Orchestra: Orchestra of the American Institute of Musical Studies Summer Institute
1976-08-12 | Graz (Austria), Haus der Jugend (Orpheum) | World Premiere