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Seasons in Hell — A Life of Rimbaud
Harold Blumenfeld
Charles Kondek
February 08, 1996
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
The opera, drawn from the life, poetry, and correspondence of Arthur Rimbaud, is centered on the teenage poet's renunciation of literature in favor of action and adventure. In cinematic flow, it juxtaposes the life of the turbulent young poet with his subsequent career of fortune-seeking and gun-running in Africa. Including erotic and exotic scenes, episodes of violence and debauchery, and delirium and enchantment, the work confronts the ambivalence and grandeur of its subject without compromise. The piece ends as it began, with the death of Rimbaud.
01:00; 00:38
2
Chorus
44 minimum and tape (3/1/3/2, 3/1/1/1, harp, keyboard, tape, 5 percussion, string minimum 8/6/5/3)
Dancers
MMB Music, Inc.
3526 Washington Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63103
314-531-9635

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