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Publisher: Chester Music

Einstein on the Beach (1976)
Work Notes
Opera in four acts by Robert Wilson and Philip Glass which includes two large-scale dance scenes. Spoken text (English) by Christopher Knowles, Samuel M Johnson and Lucinda Childs.
Text Writer
spoken text by Christopher Knowles, Samuel M Johnson and Lucinda Childs
Dunvagen Music Publishers Inc
Opera and Music Theatre
Year Composed
4 Hours 30 Minutes
SATB (16 voices)
English, German
Solo Instrument(s)
2S, T, 4 speaking roles
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Programme Note
Philip Glass Einstein on the Beach (1976)
2 female, 1 male, and 1 male child in speaking roles (for the Wilson production)
16 person SATB chamber chorus
soprano soloist
smaller tenor solo part

The first in Glass' trilogy of operas about men who changed the world through the power of their ideas, Einstein's sub-text is science. The opera is non-narrative in form, and the producer has two options: to reproduce the original Robert Wilson production (which exists on videotape), or to create a new series of stage and dance pictures based on themes relating to the life of Albert Einstein. The opera is structured in four ‘acts’ connected by ‘knee plays’, or intermezzi.

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    Philip Glass Ensemble
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    Philip Glass Ensemble
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