The Picture Of Dorian Gray, Op. 45

Opera In Two Acts

Lowell Liebermann

Piano Reduction/Vocal Score
Performing Ensemble: Voice with Piano
Item Number: 411-41101
Number of Pages: 244
Text: Libretto by the composer, adapted from the novel by Oscar Wilde.
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: In Print


Quick Overview

The entire opera is based on a twelve-note row which is used not serially, but tonally, It is first heard at the beginning of the opera in pizzicato cellos and basses. It is harmonized as Dorian's theme and then as the painting's theme. As the painting disintegrates and becomes corrupted, so does its theme. The twelve consecutive scenes of the opera occur in the keys of the consecutive pitches of the note-row. In this manner the entire opera becomes one grand passacaglia, a variation of Dorian's theme, a picture of the picture the tonal structure generated by a non-tonal device a further metaphor for the form/content divide that generates the novel's dramatic structure.

The Picture Of Dorian Gray

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Commission Commissioned by the opera de Monte Carlo