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The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

Opera in 3 acts based on the text by Oscar Wilde

Libretto prepared by the composer


  • Edition: vocal/piano score
  • Language: English
  • Order No.: ED 13424
€56.00  *
Incl. VAT and excl. shipping Weight: 0.77 kg

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Description
When asked what the theme of his play was, Wilde answered “That we should treat all trivial things in life very seriously, and all serious things in life with a sincere and studied triviality". Gerald Barry’s fifth opera based on the play is genuine comic with a dark heart. The previous four have remarkable libretti, but The Importance of Being Earnest, written in 1894, is all but perfect in its construction, and Barry’s audacious approach triumphantly confounds all expectations. As Barry describes it: "The play’s bones are unshatterable. My version is an X-ray of it." The musical references range from Beethoven to Schoenberg, all treated with a reckless panache and impish wit, by turns dazzling, startling and charming the audience.

Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Gustavo Dudamel, Music Director & Barbican Centre, London
Binding: Ring/Spiral binding
ISMN: 979-0-2201-3268-1
Performance duration: 90' 0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Year of composition: 2009 - 2010
instrumentation: 1(pic).1(ca).1.bcl.2(2.cbsn)-2.2(1.Dtpt).1.1-timp.2perc(mar, vib, cym, s.d, b.d, chimes, wind machine, lion's roar, flex, large hammer, white dinner plates, telephone, jackboots, gun)-pno(cel)-str(1.1.1.1.1)
occupation: John Worthing · tenor - Algernon Moncrieff · bass-baritone - Cecily Cardew · soprano - Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax · mezzo-soprano - Miss Prism · contralto - Lady Bracknell · bass - Lane / Merriman · bass - male chamber choir (tenors and basses) in act 1 only, pre-recorded
page number: 264
When asked what the theme of his play was, Wilde answered “That we should treat all trivial things in life very seriously, and all serious things in life with a sincere and studied triviality". Gerald Barry’s fifth opera based on the play is genuine comic with a dark heart. The previous four have remarkable libretti, but The Importance of Being Earnest, written in 1894, is all but perfect in its construction, and Barry’s audacious approach triumphantly confounds all expectations. As Barry describes it: "The play’s bones are unshatterable. My version is an X-ray of it." The musical references range from Beethoven to Schoenberg, all treated with a reckless panache and impish wit, by turns dazzling, startling and charming the audience.

Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Gustavo Dudamel, Music Director & Barbican Centre, London
Binding: Ring/Spiral binding
ISMN: 979-0-2201-3268-1
Performance duration: 90' 0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Year of composition: 2009 - 2010
instrumentation: 1(pic).1(ca).1.bcl.2(2.cbsn)-2.2(1.Dtpt).1.1-timp.2perc(mar, vib, cym, s.d, b.d, chimes, wind machine, lion's roar, flex, large hammer, white dinner plates, telephone, jackboots, gun)-pno(cel)-str(1.1.1.1.1)
occupation: John Worthing · tenor - Algernon Moncrieff · bass-baritone - Cecily Cardew · soprano - Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax · mezzo-soprano - Miss Prism · contralto - Lady Bracknell · bass - Lane / Merriman · bass - male chamber choir (tenors and basses) in act 1 only, pre-recorded
page number: 264
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