Rappahannock County

A Theatrical Song Cycle About The Civil War

Ricky Ian Gordon

Libretto by Mark Campbell
Piano Reduction/Vocal Score
Performing Ensemble: Voice with Piano
Instrumentation: Voice, Piano
Item Number: 411-41131
Number of Pages: 160
Text: Libretto and Concept by Mark Campbell
Duration: 1:25:00
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: In Print


Quick Overview

Co-commissioned by the Virginia Arts Festival, Virginia Opera, the Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond, and Texas Performing Arts at the University of Texas at Austin, Rapahannock County pairs the outstanding and celebrated talents of composer Ricky Ian Gordon and librettist Mark Campbell. Rappahannock County is a theatrical song cycle that captures key emotional, sociological, and historical moments in the Civil War. Much of the text was inspired by actual events and drawn from diaries, letters, and other accounts. The narrative follows the lines of history, from secession in 1861 to defeat in 1865, and is in five parts. Although the story is centered geographically in Virginia, its themes are universal to the Civil War. It is described as such by Wes Blomster of Opera Today: “The piece has the sense of a lens closing in on a spectrum of individuals and their feelings around slavery and morality in a profound and poignant way...’ The acclaim accorded Rappahannock County by the 2,200 people who packed Norfolk’s Harrison Opera House for the premiere made clear that Gordon and Campbell had achieved their goal.”

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Commission Co-commissioned in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War, by Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond, Texas Performing Arts at the University of Texas in Austin, Virginia Arts Festival, and ...
Composition Date 2010
Duration 85'
Librettist Campbell, Mark


1. Sanctified by God/A Noble Institution/StateÆs Rights
1A. Recitative
2. Mine
3. Farewell, Old Dominion
4. Victory at Manassas
4A. Interlude No. 1
5. Being Small
6. Making Maps
7. I Seen Snow
8. Rappahannock
9. I Listen
10. Bound To Be
11. All I Ever Known
12. The Good Death
12A. Interlude No. 2
13. In Their Eyes
14. A Fine Solution
15. Hallie-Ann
16. For Love of Country
17. I Walk Away
17A. Interlude No. 3
18. This Was Our House
19. Jumping the Broom
20. Finale (April Will Return Again/Rappahannock)