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A Water Bird Talk
Dominick Argento
Dominick Argento
Philip Brunelle (Conductor)
Ian Strasfogel (Stage Director)
Vern Sutton (The Lecturer)
May 20, 1977
New Opera Theatre and Brooklyn Academy of Music
A lecturer addresses a ladies' club on the subject of water birds. Gradually, the lecturer reveals that his miserable existence is due to an overbearing, domineering wife. His descriptions of the birds' habits come to act as metaphors for his own horribly henpecked life. Meanwhile his wife is reacting in the wings by coughing, clearing her throat, etc.
Gentleman Lecturer(bar)
The New York Times, Bernard Holland, 11-2-96; The New York Times, Bernard Holland, 2-11-86; The New Yorker, Andrew Porter, 6-6-77; The New York Times, John Rockwell, 5-21-77 Selected Recordings: Koch, 1997, 3-7388-2 H1; Newport 1996, NCD 85602; Videotape: The Minnesota Opera, 1981, #12274
1 fl, 1 ob, 1 ob - 1 hrn - perc(timp, glsp, t bells, marimba, susp cym) - hp - pf(cel) - str(1 vln 1, 1 vln 2, 1 vla, 1 vc, 1 db)
Argento uses two 12-note rows, one for the vocal material and one for the accompaniment; the work is organized as a theme and six variations with coda.
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A Water Bird Talk (Argento)
Friday, January 28, 2005 - Skylight Music Theatre

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