Fables

Diversion for four to thirty singers and nine instruments. Ten of La Fontaine's fables.

Hugh Aitken

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Text: Freely translated and extended by the composer.
Publisher: Elkan-Vogel, Inc.
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

FABLES was commissioned by the Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Foundation at The Library of Congress for The New York Chamber Soloists who premiered the work at The Library in 1975. The group has also performed the work at Dumbarton Oaks, Caramoor, and on a State Department-sponsored tour of South America. Among other companies which have produced FABLES are Central City Opera, Evenings On The Roof at the L.A. County Museum, and the Aspen Opera Center. Originally designed for four soloists (STTB) the work contains thirty roles; this allows a music director much latitude in deciding how many singers to use in a given production. Although the piece was conceived as a whole, and is best performed in its entirety, it may be successfully excerpted, not necessarily presenting all ten fables.

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Additional Information

Cast Voices Soprano, 2 Tenor, Bass (minimum)
Commission Commissioned by the Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Foundation at The Library of Congress for The New York Chamber Soloists.
Duration 01:30:00
Orchestration Flute, 2 Oboes, Bassoon, String Quartet
Premiere Premiered by the New York Chamber Soloists in 1975.

Details

Part I
Prologue
The Cicada and the Ant
The Oak and the Reed
The Wolf and the lanb
The Pilgrims and the Oyster
The Companions of Odysseus
Part II
The Raven and the Fox
The Meeting Held by the Rats
The Cat and the Two Sparrows
The Animals Sick with the Plague
Death and the Woodcutter
Finale