Chanticleer
Composer: Seymour Barab
Librettist: M. C. Richards
Work Web Site: www.boosey.com/pages/opera/moredetails.asp?musicid=6994
Premiere Date: August 04, 1956
Producing Company: Aspen Music School
Description: It is before dawn. The Widow awakens and begins her household chores. As the sun rises she becomes alarmed that her prized rooster, Chanticleer, is late with his usual morning song. Chanticleer is lost in a bad dream: a creature resembling a hound, yet with a bushy tail, has been stalking him. When he awakens his wife, Pertelote scolds him for being so foolish and, with the Widow's help, persuades him to sing the day in. The Fox, disguised as a hunter, comes to beg an egg from Pertelote and tries to capture her in a net, but she is saved when the Widow appears on the scene. Chanticleer is not so lucky: while out searching for lunch, the Fox, again disguised, flatters the cautious Chanticleer into singing. Once his guard is down, Chanticleer is captured by the Fox, who is then seen by Pertelote dragging her husband away. Pertelote runs to the Widow for help. Pertelote and the Widow run to the woods in search of Chanticleer. Chanticleer tricks the Fox and brings him near enough to the Widow's broom for punishment. Chanticleer is a hero.
Character List (Major): The Widow (mz)
Pertelote (lyr-s)
Chanticleer (t)
The Fox (bar)
Length: 00:40
Total Acts: 1
Orchestration: 1 fl, 1 ob, 2 cl, 1bsn - 2 hrn, 1 tpt, 1 tbn - timp.perc(1):large gong/susp.cym/bells/BD/ finger cyms/SD/xyl/wdbl/tamb/tgl - harp - strings
Musical Style: Comic opera, subjects - Mythology, Literary
Contact: Boosey & Hawkes, Inc.
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Composer Web Site: www.seymourbarab.com
Publisher Web Site: www.boosey.com
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