Publisher: Chester Music
The Photographer (1982)
commissioned by the Holland Festival 1982
Mixed media in three parts by Philip Glass and Rob Malasch.
Lyrics (English) by David Byrne
Dunvagen Music Publishers Inc
Opera and Music Theatre
1 Hours 30 Minutes
Soprano, 3 dancers
Flora, in Act 1 only - soprano
Chorus - 4 sopranos, 4 mezzo-sopranos
Muybridge, Flora, Colonel Larkyns - 3 dancers
Music-drama based on the scandal-filled life of the photographer Edward Muybridge, whose motion studies of people and animals made him famous, and whose murder of his wife's alleged lover made him notorious. 'The Photographer' utilizes drama, dance, and slides of Muybridge's photographs. Act I is a 20 minute play with incidental music recounting the circumstances under which Muybridge became a murderer and his subsequent trial and acquittal. Act II is a violin solo with orchestra, accompanied by a slide show of Muybridge's photographs. Act III is a dance involving all the characters.
Philip Glass Ensemble
Paul Zukofsky, violin