Chauvin — An Opera in Three Acts
Composer: Malcolm J. Hill
Librettist: John F. Deethardt, Jr.
Premiere Date: Not available.
Description: Nicolas Chauvin, of "chauvinism" notoriety, returns from Waterloo to receive honors from Napoleon, whose charisma engenders a personified alter-ego in Chauvin. Chauvin returns home. His family welcomes him, but he cannot put his experiences in the Napoleonic wars behind him, nor escape the nagging of his alter-ego, and suffers a conflict between his domestic role and his sense of an ideological mission. He travels around France, carrying his monomania everywhere. At a theater in Paris he interrupts a play with his ranting, but he still suffers from irresolution, conflicted between family and patriotism. Finally, his alter-ego subsumes his domestic self. In his new incarnation, he abandons the distraught wife to march away into his future without them.
Length: 02:30
Total Acts: 3
Chorus: SATB Chorus
Orchestration: picc, 2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl in A, bcl, bsn, cbn - 4 hrn, 3 tpt, 2 ttbn, btbn, tba in F, timp, 3 perc, cel, hp, str
Ballet/Dance: Female Dancer
Musical Style: Grand opera; through-composed; lyrical
Contact: John F. Deethardt or Malcolm J. Hill
E-mail Address: jdeet@4dv.net
mjh@chauvin.org.uk
mjhill@mjhill.idps.co.uk
Phone: 303-683-4134
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