Escorial
Composer: Marvin David Levy
Librettist: Lionel Abel
Other Artistic Personnel: Leopold Sachse (Director)
Margaret Hillis (Conductor)
Work Web Site: www.boosey.com/pages/opera/moreDetails.asp?musicID=7560
Premiere Date: May 04, 1958
Producing Company: Music in Our Time
Description: A disturbed Spanish King takes comfort in his depressive solitude. He has decreed that bells shall no longer toll, in spite of the monks' protests. His Queen has found solace in the court’s Jester, Folial. Now, she is dying at the hand of her enraged husband for her promiscuous behaviour. The King tricks the Jester into a confession about his relationship with the Queen and makes him beg for mercy. He then forces the Jester to entertain him. The Jester performs an impromptu play in which a beggar becomes king. During the play, he steals the King's crown. The King, seemingly in the spirit of things, wears the Jester's cap. They begin to playact one another's lives. The tension quickly escalates and the King reveals that he has poisoned the Queen. As the two men struggle, a monk announces the death of the Queen. The King proceeds to summon the executioner, and the Jester is killed.
Character List (Major): The King (h-b)
Folial (lyr-t)
The Monk (b)
Character List (Minor): The Man in Scarlet (silent role)
Length: 0:40
Total Acts: 1
Orchestration: 1 fl(=picc), 1 ob(=corA), 1 cl(=asax), 1 bsn(=dbn) - 1 hrn, 1 tpt, - perc(2):timp/xyl/t.bells/ SD/TD/BD/ratchet/cym (on stand)/ant.cyms/tgl/tamb/tam-t/wdbl- pft(=cel,org) - strings(1.1.1.1.1)
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