The Flood
Composer: Igor Stravinsky
Librettist: Robert Craft
Other Artistic Personnel: George Balanchine (Choreographer)
Original Cast: Laurence Harvey (Narrator)
Sebastian Cabot (Voice of Noah)
Elas Lanchester (Voice of Noah's Wife)
Jacques d'Amboise (Adam/Lucifer/dancer)
Paul Tripp (Animal Caller)
Jillana (Eva)
Edward Villella (Satan)
John Reardon (1st Voice of God)
Robert Oliver (2nd Voice of God)
Richard Robinson (Voice of Satan)
Raman Segarra (Noah/dancer)
Joysanne Sidimus (Noah's wife/dancer)
Premiere Date: June 14, 1962
Producing Company: CBS television
Description: The Overture: the prelude presents a musical picture of the world in chaos, at the conclusion of which the chorus of angels sings a Te Deum.
The Prologue: sung by voices representing God and Satan; the story of the expulsion from Paradise and of God's summoning Noah to build the Ark. The singing is illustrated in action by pantomime and dance.
The Building of the Ark: pure ballet-dance and music without words; the procession of Noah's family aboard the Ark and the cataloging of animals.
The Flood: an elaborate and dramatic ballet interpretation of the angry waters and life aboard the Ark, ending with the appearance of the rainbow and the release of the dove.
The Covenant of the Rainbow: the finale combines voices, dancers, and music in a joyous dramatization of the landing on Mount Ararat and God's promise to repeople the earth. A final Te Deum concludes the work.
Reviews: The New York Times, Allen Hughes, 7-25-66; The New York Times, Allen Hughes, 6-15-62
Length: 00:30
Total Acts: 1
Chorus: SAT Chorus
Orchestration: 3 fl(picc), afl, 2 Eng hrn, 2 bcl, cbcl - 4 horns, 3 tpt, 2 tbn, btbn, tba - timp, perc (xylorimba, 3 tom toms, cym, bdrum), hp, cel (pf) - str
Musical Style: The score is part of Stravinsky's advanced serial period; somewhat episodic, using elements of the composer's earlier use of momente form; angular, sparse melodies; inventive orchestration
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