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Publisher: Chester Music

The Photographer (1982)
commissioned by the Holland Festival 1982
Work Notes
Mixed media in three parts by Philip Glass and Rob Malasch. Lyrics (English) by David Byrne
Text Writer
David Byrne
Publisher
Dunvagen Music Publishers Inc
Category
Opera and Music Theatre
Sub Category
Chamber Opera
Year Composed
1982
Duration
1 Hour 30 Minutes
Chorus
chorus (4S, 2Mz)
Language
English
Soloist
Soprano, 3 dancers
Solo Instrument(s)
violin
Programme Note
Philip Glass The Photographer (1982)
CAST
Flora, in Act 1 only - soprano
Chorus - 4 sopranos, 4 mezzo-sopranos
Muybridge, Flora, Colonel Larkyns - 3 dancers

SYNOPSIS
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.

  • Ensemble
    Philip Glass Ensemble
    Soloist(s)
    Paul Zukofsky, violin
    Conductor
    Michael Riesman
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