The proposal : a chamber opera after Chekhov
by Ross Fiddes (1985)
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The proposal : a chamber opera in one act [piano reduction] / libretto by David Goddard ; composed by Ross Ashley Fiddes.
Library shelf no. 782.1/FID 1 [Available for loan]
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Musically, this work seeks to suggest, if not parody, a Russian ambience. Obvious parodies will be noted, including one which is now somewhat dated.
There was an original intent to provide a companion piece to The Bear by Walton, but to be quite different from that work both musically and in effect. The Proposal unlike the Walton is overtly farcical and builds on set pieces - arias, duets, trios with some recitative and even dialogue. There is a use of formal devices such as motif, rondo form, a chaconne which builds from canon and so forth.
The work was first presented in 1986 in a workshop performance by the (then) Australian Opera, and has since been staged by a further 3 production companies. Some distinguished performers have appeared in or have been involved in the various stagings including Gregory Yurisich, Peta Blyth, Christopher Dawes, Michael Saunders, Jennifer Barnes and Antony Walker.
Instrumentation: Soprano, tenor, bass-baritone, chamber ensemble - flute/piccolo, oboe, B flat clarinet/bass clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, French horn, trombone, piano, harp, timpani, percussion (2 players), strings.
Duration: 53 min.
Program note and synopsis of Ross Fiddes' "Proposal"
notes by the composer
Natalya's Aria from The Proposal
Performances of this work
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