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Jacob's Room: Monodrama

Jacob's Room: Monodrama

for voice, keyboard, string orchestra and electronics

based on scenes from Morton Subotnick’s chamber opera "Jacob’s Room"


  • Instrumentation: voice, keyboard, string orchestra, electronics
  • Edition: performance material
  • Language: English

 
description
Inspired by Phaedrus by Plato, Eleni by Nicholas Gage, The Pit and the Trap by Moshe Kohn, The Little School House by Alicia Partnoy and The Holocaust Kingdom by Alexander Donat and Jacob's Room by Virginia Woolf. 

Morton Subotnick’s new chamber opera Jacob’s Room is set in the mind of a young man struggling with the loss of family in various worldwide calamities. Jacob tries to forget by turning inward, losing track of everything and everyone around him. He reads, studies and tries to absorb Platonic thought. A woman (the conscience of humanity) appears and forces him to confront his past, the horror and the pain of his loss and his feelings of guilt for having survived. Subotnick draws from multiple literary sources to create a contemporary parable, explicitly leaving out references to a specific time or location. Jacob’s Room is commissioned by Kunst aus der Zeit, Bregenzer Festspiele, and soniq performing arts, Berlin in cooperation with the American Academy, Berlin and supported by Hauptstadtkulturfonds, Berlin.
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony with the generous support of the Ralph I. Dorfman Commissioning Fund
Performance duration: 30'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Corporation
Uraufführung : 11. März 2012 San Francisco, CA, Davies Symphony Hall (USA) · Joan La Barbara, voice; members of the San Francisco Symphony · Dirigent: Jeffrey Milarsky

11. Oktober 2013 New York, NY, Peter Jay Sharp Theater (USA) · Joan La Barbara, voice; AXIOM Ensemble · Dirigent: Jeffrey Milarsky (Uraufführung der revidierten Version)
Year of composition: 2012, rev. 2013
instrumentation: str(min. 2.2.3.3.2)
Performances
Conductor: Jeffrey Milarsky
2013-10-11 | New York, NY (United States of America), Peter Jay Sharp Theater | World Premiere (Revision)
Conductor: Jeffrey Milarsky
2012-03-11 | San Francisco, CA (United States of America), Davies Symphony Hall | World Premiere
Inspired by Phaedrus by Plato, Eleni by Nicholas Gage, The Pit and the Trap by Moshe Kohn, The Little School House by Alicia Partnoy and The Holocaust Kingdom by Alexander Donat and Jacob's Room by Virginia Woolf. 

Morton Subotnick’s new chamber opera Jacob’s Room is set in the mind of a young man struggling with the loss of family in various worldwide calamities. Jacob tries to forget by turning inward, losing track of everything and everyone around him. He reads, studies and tries to absorb Platonic thought. A woman (the conscience of humanity) appears and forces him to confront his past, the horror and the pain of his loss and his feelings of guilt for having survived. Subotnick draws from multiple literary sources to create a contemporary parable, explicitly leaving out references to a specific time or location. Jacob’s Room is commissioned by Kunst aus der Zeit, Bregenzer Festspiele, and soniq performing arts, Berlin in cooperation with the American Academy, Berlin and supported by Hauptstadtkulturfonds, Berlin.
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony with the generous support of the Ralph I. Dorfman Commissioning Fund
Performance duration: 30'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Corporation
Uraufführung : 11. März 2012 San Francisco, CA, Davies Symphony Hall (USA) · Joan La Barbara, voice; members of the San Francisco Symphony · Dirigent: Jeffrey Milarsky

11. Oktober 2013 New York, NY, Peter Jay Sharp Theater (USA) · Joan La Barbara, voice; AXIOM Ensemble · Dirigent: Jeffrey Milarsky (Uraufführung der revidierten Version)
Year of composition: 2012, rev. 2013
instrumentation: str(min. 2.2.3.3.2)
Conductor: Jeffrey Milarsky
2013-10-11 | New York, NY (United States of America), Peter Jay Sharp Theater | World Premiere (Revision)
Conductor: Jeffrey Milarsky
2012-03-11 | San Francisco, CA (United States of America), Davies Symphony Hall | World Premiere