The Wish
Composer: Gamma Skupinsky
Librettist: Gamma Skupinsky
Premiere Date: Not available.
Description: Choma, a student of a theological seminary, begs to spend a night at an old woman's house. He is about to fall asleep in the barn when the old woman walks in. She jumps on Choma's shoulders and under her spell he flies with her over the land. Choma realizes that he deals with The Witch. As Choma starts praying, the Witch's power weakens and soon they land. Choma picks up a piece of wood and starts beating The Witch. Suddenly, the old woman transforms into a beautiful girl. Choma runs away. Service at the Seminary. The Rector of the seminary tells Choma that he is assigned to read funeral prayers for the Old Kossak's daughter that was killed last night. The Old Kossack promises a good pay for his service. As Choma approaches the coffin, he recognizes the girl-witch from last night. As he starts his reading, The Witch comes alive and wants to grab Choma. Choma is not afraid of The Witch, and as long as he does not look at her, he is safe. But the situation in the church becomes more and more weird. The Witch calls the powers of darkness to help her locate Choma. But Choma is invisible to them. Finally, The Witch calls VIY, the King of Darkness. Choma is scared and turns to look. VIY sees him and shows The Witch where Choma is.
Character List (Major): Choma(t)
Gorobec(t)
Chaliava(bar)
Witch(s)
Old Kossack(b)
Length: 01:10
Total Acts: 1
Orchestration: Chamber Orchestra.
Musical Style: Extended tonal.
Contact: Gamma Skupinsky
E-mail Address: gammaskupinsky@yahoo.com
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