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Giya Kancheli

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Music for the Living (1983)
Work Notes
available in the USA, Canada and Mexico only
Hans Sikorski/VAAP
Opera and Music Theatre
Year Composed
1 Hours 40 Minutes
SATB chorus, boys choir (treble choir); ballet soloists, dancers
Solo Instrument(s)
2 Sopranos [1=Mezzo soprano], 3 Tenors, boy treble, Bass, non-speaking actor, dancer
Programme Note
Giya Kancheli Music for the Living (1983)
Music for the Living is an allegorical depiction of the physical and moral destruction of war. In Act I, a chorus of young homeless children sing a beautiful melody taught to them by a blind old man on a violin. But a bombastic military band enters, led by a trigger-happy officer. The power of the children’s incantation is more powerful than the military music, but a woman with a whip appears and using violence, finds recruits amongst the children. In Act II, a stylised version of a Romantic heroic opera is performed in a military hospital. As the piece is over, the hospital is hit by a bomb. The old man reappears and muses on the boundaries between real life and art.

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