The Mocking-Bird
Composer: Thea Musgrave
Librettist: Thea Musgrave
Other Artistic Personnel: Richard Pittman (conductor)
Nicholas Deutsch (director)
Work Web Site: http://www.chesternovello.com/Default.aspx?TabId=2432&State_3041=2&workId_3041=13560
Premiere Date: May 03, 2002
Producing Company: Boston Musica Viva
Description: Musgrave has described this work as follows:
“I believe that war is a barbaric and primitive way of settling inevitable differences between nations and peoples, and these stories of Bierce show that, of all wars, civil war is perhaps the most devastating. He has an almost journalistic way of describing details of place and situation alongside wonderful poetic imagery; it is perhaps this style that gives his stories their evocative power. It is 1861 and as The Mocking-Bird opens we see a soldier, Sergeant Grayrock, on picket duty. He is lost, and fearful that he is in fact lost behind enemy lines… and is bitter at this situation. [For him] the mocking-bird is a joyful memory of his earlier years, those golden days of his youth when life was happier.”
Character List (Major): Baritone
Length: 00:28
Total Acts: 1
Orchestration: fl (pic), cl - perc - pf - str: vln1, vc
Contact: Novello & Co Ltd
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E-mail Address: pm@schirmer.com
Phone: 413-458-8131
Composer Web Site: http://www.chesternovello.com/Default.aspx?TabId=2431&State_2905=2&composerId_2905=1098
Publisher Web Site: http://www.chesternovello.com
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