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Notes from Underground

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Notes from Underground : chamber opera in seven scenes after Dostoevsky / Jack Symonds ; libretto: Pierce Wilcox.

by Jack Symonds and Pierce Wilcox (2011)


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Dostoevsky's "Notes from Underground" is daring and wild. Set in colourful, torturous St Petersburg, it is a pessimistic indictment of the weaknesses of human will, containing one of the most extraordinary central characters in nineteenth century literature. Spiritually destitute, this man rages manically about himself, and then goes on to flesh out his soliloquy with anecdotes about the events 'aboveground' leading to his eventual retreat 'underground' as he rejects society and human relationships.

This adaptation finds the links between the underground tirade and the aboveground narrative and draws them simultaneously together. We can't read the novel's two halves at once, but music can fold time; it can fuse it, freeze it. Through music we can hear the two halves together, and so the opera is born: past and present in confrontation.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (365p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 90 min.

Dedicated to Sydney Chamber Opera

Commission info: Revised version commissioned by Carriageworks and a consortium of donors

First performance by Sydney Chamber Opera — 13 Aug 16. Carriageworks, Sydney

Includes performance notes and program note.

Work revised 2015-2016.

Typeset edition.

This edition produced 11 Jul 16.

ISMN: 9790720213927

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