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Red Carnations
Robert Baksa
Robert Baksa
St. Luke's performance (1974): Michael Feldman,
Betsey Hepburn (soprano), Michael Best (tenor) and Walter Hook (baritone)
October 24, 1970
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Two young people meet at a costume party where they are both disguised as Arabians. They meet later in a city park with the young man sporting his red carnation. To his dismay another man, somewhat older, is already present at the meeting place also claiming to have come to meet a young woman who was dressed as the Queen of Sheba at the costume party. When the young girl shows up she seems unable to resolve the conflict between the two. When the young man finally gives up in frustration, she blurts out that the older man is her father who came as chaperone. The conflict ends happily.
Girl(s), Boy(t), Man(bar)
1 fl, 1 ob, 2 cl, 1 bsn - pf - str(3 vln, 1 vla, 2 vc, 1 db) Reduced Orchestra: 1 fl, 1 vc, pf
Tonal; lyrical: each character has an aria and shares a duet with another character. The three also join in a trio. There is little spoken dialogue as through-composed sections separate the set pieces.
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