Publisher: G. Schirmer
Hangman, Hangman! (¡Verdugo, Verdugo!) (1982),
Libretto by the composer after a traditional cowboy song.
Opera and Music Theatre
Narr, T, A, B, S, Bar, B; 2 actors
Catalan, English, Spanish
Narrator, Tenor, Alto, 2 Basses, Soprano, Baritone, 2 actors
Hangman, Hangman! is based on an old folk ballad and set in the old West. Johnny is about to be hanged when he sees his parents and sweetheart approaching and believes they will buy his release. Unfortunately, Johnny has mistreated them for years and now they’ve come only to watch him swing from the gallows. Shortly before he is to be hanged, however, a wealthy landowner buys Johnny’s release and seeing his luck turn, the crowd, including his family, cheer him.