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A Theatre Piece For Singers, Players and Dancers

Leonard Bernstein

Year

1971


Duration

120'


Instrumentation

tenor solo, boy soprano, SATB (60), 20 soloists from Street People, boys chorus (20), Street People (singer-dancers, 45), stage orchestra (costumed): 2(I-II=picc).2(II=corA).3(=ssax/asax/tsax/Ebcl/bcl).2(II=dbn) - 4.4.3.1 - 2perc-2egtr (I=tenor bjo, II=acoustic gtr)-2bgtr-2ekybd - pit orchestra: timp-3(-4)perc-hrp-cel-2Allen organs - strgs - pre-recorded tape


Genre

Chorus and Instruments with Guitar


Text/Libretto

Catholic liturgy (in Latin); additional Texts: Stephen Schwartz and Leonard Bernstein (in English)


Premiere

Washington DC, Kennedy Center, 8 September 1971: Alvin Ailey, choreographer / Gordon Davidson, director / Maurice Peress, conductor


Comment

Orchestration: Jonathan Tunick, Hershy Kay and Leonard Bernstein


Source

composer website; electric guitar parts;