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Opera Without Words

Opera Without Words

for orchestra


  • Instrumentation: orchestra
  • Edition: performance material

 
Description
Opera Without Words is a music drama about some of the fascinating people I have known. In beginning to compose this work, I found myself reviewing the differences and similarities between a concerto for an orchestra and an opera. As a result, I approached this new orchestral work as I would an opera; I hired a librettist, Irene Dische, and set her words not to voices but to musical instruments, unfettered by considerations of vocal range and technique. When I finished the opera with words, I removed the text, leaving but a few traces and artifacts of the deleted libretto in the score. Tobias Picker
Details
Auftragswerk : Co-Commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, DC, Christoph Eschenbach, Music Director, through a grant from the John and June Hechinger Commissioning Fund for New Orchestral Works, and by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Giancarlo Guerrero, Music Director
Content text: I The Beloved
II The Minstrel
III The Idol
IV The Gladiator
V The Farewell
Performance duration: 25'0"
Publisher: Schott Helicon Music Corporation
Uraufführung : 10. März 2016 Washington, DC, The Kennedy Center, Concert Hall (USA) · Dirigent: Christoph Eschenbach · National Symphony Orchestra
Year of composition: 2015
instrumentation: 3(3pic).3(3.ca).3(3.bcl).3(3.cbsn)-4.3.2.1-timp.2perc-hp.pno-str
Delivery rights: worldwide
Performances
Orchestra: Nashville Symphony
2017-10-28 | Nashville, TN (United States of America), Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Orchestra: Nashville Symphony
2017-10-27 | Nashville, TN (United States of America), Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Orchestra: Nashville Symphony
2017-10-27 | Nashville, TN (United States of America), Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Conductor: Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra: National Symphony Orchestra
2016-03-12 | Washington, DC (United States of America), The Kennedy Center, Concert Hall
Conductor: Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra: National Symphony Orchestra
2016-03-11 | Washington, DC (United States of America), The Kennedy Center, Concert Hall
Conductor: Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra: National Symphony Orchestra
2016-03-10 | Washington, DC (United States of America), The Kennedy Center, Concert Hall | World Premiere
Opera Without Words is a music drama about some of the fascinating people I have known. In beginning to compose this work, I found myself reviewing the differences and similarities between a concerto for an orchestra and an opera. As a result, I approached this new orchestral work as I would an opera; I hired a librettist, Irene Dische, and set her words not to voices but to musical instruments, unfettered by considerations of vocal range and technique. When I finished the opera with words, I removed the text, leaving but a few traces and artifacts of the deleted libretto in the score. Tobias Picker
Auftragswerk : Co-Commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, DC, Christoph Eschenbach, Music Director, through a grant from the John and June Hechinger Commissioning Fund for New Orchestral Works, and by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Giancarlo Guerrero, Music Director
Content text: I The Beloved
II The Minstrel
III The Idol
IV The Gladiator
V The Farewell
Performance duration: 25'0"
Publisher: Schott Helicon Music Corporation
Uraufführung : 10. März 2016 Washington, DC, The Kennedy Center, Concert Hall (USA) · Dirigent: Christoph Eschenbach · National Symphony Orchestra
Year of composition: 2015
instrumentation: 3(3pic).3(3.ca).3(3.bcl).3(3.cbsn)-4.3.2.1-timp.2perc-hp.pno-str
Delivery rights: worldwide
Orchestra: Nashville Symphony
2017-10-28 | Nashville, TN (United States of America), Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Orchestra: Nashville Symphony
2017-10-27 | Nashville, TN (United States of America), Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Orchestra: Nashville Symphony
2017-10-27 | Nashville, TN (United States of America), Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Conductor: Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra: National Symphony Orchestra
2016-03-12 | Washington, DC (United States of America), The Kennedy Center, Concert Hall
Conductor: Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra: National Symphony Orchestra
2016-03-11 | Washington, DC (United States of America), The Kennedy Center, Concert Hall
Conductor: Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra: National Symphony Orchestra
2016-03-10 | Washington, DC (United States of America), The Kennedy Center, Concert Hall | World Premiere