Clair de Lune
Composer: Libby Larsen
Composer Bio: Libby Larsen (b. 24 December 1950, Wilmington, Delaware) is one of America’s most performed living composers. She has created a catalogue of over 400 works spanning virtually every genre from intimate vocal and chamber music to massive orchestral works and over twelve operas. Grammy Award winning and widely recorded, including over fifty CD’s of her work, she is constantly sought after for commissions and premieres by major artists, ensembles, and orchestras around the world, and has established a permanent place for her works in the concert repertory. As a vigorous, articulate advocate for the music and musicians of our time, in 1973 Larsen co-founded the Minnesota Composers Forum, now the American Composer’s Forum, which has become an invaluable aid for composers in a transitional time for American arts. A former holder of the Papamarkou Chair at John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress, Larsen has also held residencies with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony and the Colorado Symphony.
Librettist: Patricia Hample
Premiere Date: February 22, 1985
Producing Company: Arkansas Opera Theatre
Description: This opera is about a woman aviator in 1950s Kansas City, Kansas. Clair, the main character is haunted by memories and love of the past while trying to face the realities of the present.
Character List (Major): Clair, former aviatrix, now owner of a curio shop. Age about 50. (soprano)
Richard, former lover of Clair (who was his first love), just married to Kathleen. Age about 35. (baritone)
Henry, estranged husband of Clair. Was the mechanic on the plane they owned together. (bass-baritone)
Length: 01:25
Total Acts: 2
Chorus: Quartet of voices, SATB, with microphones
Orchestration: flute, oboe, clarinet/bass, clarinet, bassoon - horn, trumpet, piano, harp, percussion (includes drum set and mallet instruments) - string quintet (includes contrabass)
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