The Reconciliation
Composer: John Craton
Librettist: Peter Markoe
Premiere Date: Not available.
Description: One of the first ballad operas written by an American, Peter Markoe, in 1790. Along with Andrew Barton’s "The Disappointment," the comic opera was accepted by a Philadelphia theater but was never produced. As was traditional for the period, the author composed the libretto with indications for the popular song tunes to be used for the various musical numbers, but no music was actually composed. This version is a free reconstruction of the work, utilizing as many authentic song tunes as could be found but also requiring original material for those that appear to be no longer extant. The score calls for a small orchestra as might have been used in an eighteenth-century American theater, and the music is constructed in a style evocative of the period, though with some adaptations to appeal more to modern audiences.
Length: 01:30
Total Acts: 2
Contact: John Craton
E-mail Address: craton@wolfheadmusic.com
Phone: 812-277-0098
Composer Web Site: http://www.craton.net
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