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THE SHATTERED MIRROR Opera

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THE SHATTERED MIRROR Opera — RENTAL

Opera with Orchestra
Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Chorus SATB (minimum 8), Dancers, Piano, Synthesizer, 9 Percussionists
Global mythology based on the writings of Dr. Joseph Campbell’s work, The Meaning of Myth, serves as the basis of the work. The protagonist character, Sun, is searching for the meaning of life. Moon, a wizard, with the elusive character, Wind, and the chorus help Sun on his quest as he searches for The Meaning of Life. Moon, looking at Sun comments: “The rugged tree, wedged within the cliff, seems to fight for rugged strength.” Triumphantly, Sun and the chorus sing of the wild hawk, “the great bird circles above the ascending clouds”. Through the characters poetic singing, members of the audience are engaged in the interpretation of the poems and in the process we all ascend as our spirits soar like the wild hawk. Please contact the composer for details regarding Grand Rights rental.
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THE SHATTERED MIRROR Opera — RENTAL

Chamber Percussion Version
The premiere of the opera took place at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Orlando, Florida in November of 1999. The American Record Guide critic, John Fleming, worte of the premiere: “In The Shattered Mirror, Udow deployed percussion to invent a new kind of sound world, and to enter it was a memorable experience. Musically, it was a fantastic creation, expertly orchestra and dominated by a swirling, ethereal sound suggesting what might result if a Far Eastern gamelan orchestra were crossed with an opera by Puccini”.

Global mythology based on the writings of Dr. Joseph Campbell’s work, The Meaning of Myth, serves as the basis of the work. The protagonist character, Sun, is searching for the meaning of life. Moon, a wizard, with the elusive character, Wind, and the chorus help Sun on his quest as he searches for The Meaning of Life. Moon, looking at Sun comments: “The rugged tree, wedged within the cliff, seems to fight for rugged strength.” Triumphantly, Sun and the chorus sing of the wild hawk, “the great bird circles above the ascending clouds”. Through the characters poetic singing, members of the audience are engaged in the interpretation of the poems and in the process we all ascend as our spirits soar like the wild hawk. Please contact the composer for details regarding Grand Rights rental.
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TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE

Piano/Vocal Score

Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, 3 Tenors, 4 Baritones, 1 Bass, 1 Boy, 2 Girls, Chorus SATB (minimum 8-12)

First published in 1853, this is the autobiographical account of Solomon Northup, a free black man of New York. The original nineteenth-century title begins to unveil the bizarre and horrific circumstances of what Solomon Northup experienced: “Twelve Years a Slave, Narrative of Solomon Northup, a Citizen of New York, Kidnapped in Washington City in 1841, and Rescued in 1853, from a Cotton Plantation Near the Red River in Louisiana”. Through exhaustive document research, Professor Sue Eakin, has authenticated this autobiography, and it is considered among historians to be the most profound record, from a slave’s perspective, of slavery in the United States.  Please contact the composer for a copy of the P/V Recording & Score, future workshops and production/orchestration, etc.

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