Composer: Philip Glass
Librettist: Philip Glass and Constance DeJon
Other Artistic Personnel: Christopher Keene, Conductor
Original Cast: Gandhi, Douglas Perry; Miss Schlesen, Claudia Cummings; Richard Gill; Beverly Morgan; Mr. Kallenbach, Bruce Hall; Mrs. Alexander, Rhonda Liss; Mrs. Naidoo, Iris Hiskey; Ren‚ Claassen; Tom Haenen; Kasturbai, Linda Nichols (NY); Parsi/Rustomji, Donald Miller (NY); Lord Krishna, David Anchel (NY); Prince Arjuna, Terry Bowers (NY); Count Leo Tolstoy, Perry Singer (NY); Rabindranath Tagore, Justo Sanchez (NY); Martin Luther King, Jr., John Grayson (NY)
Premiere Date: September 05, 1980
Producing Company: Netherlands Opera
Description: The second in Glass's trilogy about men who changed the world (Einstein on the Beach, Akhnaten). The opera is semi-narrative in form and deals with Mahatma Gandhi's early years in South Africa (1893-1914) and his development of non-violent protest as a political tool. "Satyagraha" is a Sanskrit word meaning "truth force."
Reviews: The Wall Street Journal, Mark Swed, 7-10-90; The New York Times, John Rockwell, 6-25-90; International Herald Tribune, David Stevens, 6-22-90; Chicago Tribune, Peter Gorner, 9-24-87; Time, Michael Walsh, 6-3-85; The New York Times, John Rockwell, 8-12-84; The New York Times (on minimalism), Donal Henahan, 12-6-81; The New York Times, Edward Rothstein, 12-3-81; New York, Peter G. Davis, 11-30-81; The New York Times, Donal Henahan, 11-9-81; Christian Science Monitor, 8-31-81; The New Yorker, Andrew Porter, 8-17-81; New York, Kay Larson, 8-17-81; Time, Michael Walsh, 8-10-81; Post-Journal (Jamestown, NY), Robert Plyler, 8-8-81; Syracuse Post-Standard, Larry McGinn, 7-31-81; Toronto Star, William Littler, 7-31-81; Toronto Sun, Wilder Penfield III, 7-31-81; The Washington Post, Joseph McLellan, 7-31-81; The Buffalo News, John Dwyer, 7-19-81; Courier-Express (Buffalo, NY), Richard Huntington, 7-26-81; Niagara Gazette, Bill Branche, 6-11-81; The New York Times, John Rockwell, 9-9-80; Musical America, Robert T. Jones, April 1979
Length: 03:00
Total Acts: 3
Chorus: Large SATB Chorus
Orchestration: 2S, 2Mz, 2T, Bar, 2B; SATB (large chorus) 3 (pic).3.3(bcl).2/
Musical Style: Minimalism; contemplative; repetitive; shifting rhythms and accents
Contact: Dunvagen Music Publishers, Inc. or G. Schirmer, Inc.(agent)
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