The Beggar's....op'ra : opera
by Donald Hollier (1987)
Also known as: The Sentimental Bloke
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Based on poems by C.J. Dennis.
Instrumentation: Vocal soloists (2 sopranos, 2 altos, 3 tenors, 2 baritones, bass), SATB chorus, flute/piccolo, 2 clarinets/bass clarinet, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, alto and tenor saxophones, percussion, piano, string quintet), stage Palm Court Orchestra (fiddle, violoncello, 'tinny' piano, jazz kit).
Dedication note: "It is respectfully dedicated to the memory of C.J.Dennis, Lottie Lyle and Raymond Longford"
Commission note: "...commissioned by the Australian Musicians Guild"
May be performed as a concert work for soli, chorus and ensemble, however, a stage version of the piece is preferable.
Expanded to 3 acts and revised in 1995.
- In the form/style of: Overtures
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