Brief Candle

Short Opera in Three Acts for Chorus and Mime

William Mayer

Performing Ensemble: Opera with Chorus
Text: Libretto by Milton Feist.
Duration: 00:06:15
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

Brief Candle is reputed to be the shortest three-act opera ever written. It hurtles the heroine, a mime, from crib to wedding reception to funeral parlor in the space of six minutes. Her breathless trip through life is traced by three comments from the chorus, all clich

Scores & Parts

Brief Candle - Piano Reduction/Vocal Score

Additional Information

Cast Voices 4 Soloists drawn from Chorus (1 Female, 3 Male); Female Mime, Chorus
Composition Date 1969
Orchestration 2 1 2 1 - 2 2 1 0; Perc. Pno.(Harm.) Str. (No sets are required, only some necessary props).
Premiere April 25th, 1969. Carnegie Mellon University (Rudolph Fellner, Music Director; David Ostwald, Stage Director), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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