Slow Dusk
Composer: Carlisle Floyd
Librettist: Carlisle Floyd
Other Artistic Personnel: Ruth Ives (Director)
Work Web Site: http://www.boosey.com/pages/opera/moreDetails.asp?
Premiere Date: May 02, 1949
Producing Company: Syracuse University
Description: Floyd’s first opera Slow Dusk is a simple, powerful story set in the sand hills of the Carolinas amidst poverty and low-keyed religious fanaticism. The story unfolds around the tragedy of a May afternoon, which alters the course of a young girl’s life.

Aunt Sue, a rough-hewn woman of middle age, opposes the marriage of her niece Sadie to Micah Hatfield, who lives across the pond and who belongs to the Truelights, a different religious sect than the Disciples, to which Sue’s family subscribes.

Sue painfully and patiently gives her niece her reasons for opposing the marriage. Music marks the passing of time from late afternoon until dusk, and in the evening, Sue reports to Sadie that Micah has drowned during the day while fishing. Jess, Sadie’s brother, consoles his aunt who feels guilty from her sense of complicity.

Sadie vows fidelity to Micah’s memory, mourning the emptiness of her life without him.
Character List (Major): AUNT SUE (mz)
JESS (bar)
SADIE (s)
MICAH (t)
Reviews: Tallahassee Democrat, David Cook, 7-25-72; Ottowa Citizen, Lauretta Thistle, 6-24-59; Ottowa Journal, 6-24-59; Moline Daily Dispatch, Bill McElwain, 1-12-57
Length: 00:40
Total Acts: 1
Orchestration: 2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bsn - 4 hrn, 2 tpt, 2 tbn - timp, perc, hp - str
Musical Style: Tonal and lyrical; melodies imitative of American folk idioms; metric flexibility; quartal harmonies
Contact: Boosey & Hawkes, Inc.
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E-mail Address: composers.us@boosey.com
Phone: 212-358-5300
Publisher Web Site: http://www.boosey.com
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