Sunday, August 1, 1999

Job: A Masque, Op. 79


Op. 79 JOB: A MASQUE (August 1, 1999)
for Voices and Orchestra [or Pierrot Ensemble]

SCENE I - INTRODUCTION - "What you been doing?"
(Duet - God and Satan)
SCENE II - DIRGE - "We were plowing"
(Quartet - 4 Messengers / Solo - Job)
SCENE III - DOUBLE - "Where have you been?"
(Duet - God and Satan)
SCENE IV - CANON - "Curse God and die" (Duet - Job and Job's Wife)
SCENE V - MOTET - "Place a curse" (Aria - Job)
SCENE VI - DIALOGUE I - "Man is born to suffer" (Sextet I)
SCENE VII - DIALOGUE II - "Empty words" (Sextet II)
SCENE VIII - DIALOGUE III - "Is there someone" (Sextet III)
SCENE IX - MONOLOGUE - "I am still young" (Aria - Elihu)
SCENE X - WHIRLWIND - "Who are you" (Arioso - Quintet - Arioso)
SCENE XI - EPILOGUE - "Lord blessed the last part" (Aria - Satan)

Premiere

June 17, 19, 2010
San Francisco Cabaret Opera , Live Oak Theatre, Berkeley, CA

God / Bildad the Shuhite - Nanette McGuinness
Satan / Zophar the Naamathite / Messenger IV - Crystal Philippi
Job - Marilyn Pratt
Job's Wife / Messenger III - Kate Bautch
Eliphaz the Temanite / Messenger II - Sarita Cannon
Elihu / Messenger I - Heather Klein

Mark Alburger's JOB: A MASQUE is born to suffer in comparison with its troping sources, including Ralph Vaughan Williams's Job: A Masque for Dancing (which serves as overall framework) with sparks flying upwards into Alban Berg's Three Pieces for Orchestra and Wozzeck, George Crumb's Makrokosmos (Volume III: Music for a Summer Evening), Alburger's Animal Farm, and Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, plus related trials from Philip Glass and 60's rock.




SCENE I - INTRODUCTION - "What you been doing?"









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SCENE II - DIRGE - "We were plowing"












SCENE III - DOUBLE - "Where have you been?"















SCENE IV - CANON - "Curse God and die"













SCENE V - MOTET - "Put a curse"













SCENE VI - DIALOGUE I - "Man is born to suffer"















SCENE VII - DIALOGUE II - "Empty words"












JOB: VIII. DIALOGUE III - "Is There Someone"


















SCENE IX - MONOLOGUE - "I am still young"











SCENE X - WHIRLWIND - "Who are you"











SCENE XI - EPILOGUE - "Lord blessed the last part"