The Parliament of Fowls
Composer: John Craton
Librettist: Adapted from Geoffrey Chaucer
Work Web Site: ttp://www.craton.net/music/parliament
Premiere Date: Not available.
Description: The opera focuses exclusively on the last dream sequence of the original poem by Geoffrey Chaucer. Opening with a procession of birds in the form of a short overture, the story begins with Nature convening a parliament on St. Valentine’s Day when all the birds are to choose their mates. Three Tercels (eagles) make their case for the hand of the Formel. As all three desire the same mate, they argue about which of the three is most worthy of her. This dispute causes an unwarranted delay in allowing the other birds to select their own mates so that the birds of lower estate begin to protest. They commence a comic parliamentary debate, which Nature herself must finally end since no progress is being made. Nature asks the Formel her own choice in the matter, and the Formel requests permission to ponder the decision for another year. Nature grants her the additional year, thus resulting in the male birds having to put off the mating ritual until the following year. The opera ends with the birds singing a hymn to commemorate the yearly departure of Lady Nature and to welcome in the new summer.
Length: 00:45
Total Acts: 1
Musical Style: Tonal with a medieval feel
Contact: John Craton
E-mail Address: craton@wolfheadmusic.com
Phone: 812-277-0098
Composer Web Site: http://www.craton.net
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