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The Wise Women

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The Wise Women

Product Number: 5059*

Composer: Susa, Conrad

Sku Product Name Price Qty
5059 The Wise Women (Full/Vocal Score)
$34.65
5060 The Wise Women (Choral Score)
$3.60
6548 The Wise Women (Audience Part - 50-Pack)
$8.35
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Libretto:
Written by Philip Littell

Synopsis:
A Christmas Mystery Fable. Led by a tri-partite star, the Wise Men (Youth, Husband, Old Man), followed by the women (Maiden, Goodwife, Crone), rest at an oasis. Discussion of their trip causes disagreement between the men, who insist they seek an adult king, and the women, who are certain the monarch will be a baby. Deciding to leave the women behind, the men proceed with their entourage following the impatient star. Disappointed, angry and confused, the women lament their fates and retire. As the women sleep, the Holy Mother and Child appear to them in a vision, allowing them to see the baby before the men do. As the shepherds descend on Bethlehem to worship the Child, the Wise Men arrive and question the regality of the Child. A host of unusual angels addresses these doubts in a unique version of the angels' message. During the singing of the Gloria, the Wise Men offer their gifts and retire; th`e shepherds return telling others the good news and the Holy Family is transported to the oasis of the Wise Women. The star invites “children” of all ages to come to the oasis to see the baby. These children and the women fall asleep as the Holy Family leaves. The disappointed and confused Wise Men return. In riddle, the women help the men to understand that the best gift for this King is one which recognizes divinity in every child: love. Satisfied, they all return to their home following the star. Duration: ~ 45 to 55 Minutes

Roles:
THE YOUTH, a wise manTenor
THE HUSBAND, a wise manBaritone
THE OLD MAN, a wise manBass-Baritone
THE MAIDEN, a wise womanSoprano
THE GOODWIFE, a wise womanSoprano
THE CRONE, a wise womanMezzo-Soprano
MARYSoprano
JOSEPHSilent
BABYSilent
SHEPHERDS AND THEIR FLOCKSChorus(SATB)
RETINUE OF THE WISE MEN Chamber Choir (SATB)
HOST OF ANGELS9 Solo voices
CHILDREN (volunteers from the congregation)Silent
THE CONGREGATIONSings along periodically

Instrumentation Notes:
Flute (Pic), Classical Guitar, Harp, Percussion, Harpsichord or Piano, Portative Organ, Grand Organ, Handbells

Reviews:

Its means are simple, its rewards are great... [Susa has] fashioned shapely, plaintive melodies.
-John Ardoin, THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS

...an inventive, charming 'Christmas mystery fable' capable of enchanting child and adult alike.
-Scott Cantrell, THE AMERICAN ORGANIST

Designed for children young and old, The Wise Women is kind of a modern mystery play, leavened with humor. And Susa's music is sheer magic, Debussian in its deft twining of vocal and instrumental line and shimmering harmonies; the "Gloria" becomes an ecstatic welter, rich and strange.
-Joe Henderson, THE KANSAS CITY STAR

  

Additional Information

Product Number 5059*
Available Editions Instrumental parts available for rental.
Composer Susa, Conrad
Text Author Littell, Philip
Voicing & Instruments Church Opera in One Act
Historical Period 20th Century
Premier 1994, American Guild of Organists Convention
Notable & Recent Performances University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Civic Opera Theater of Kansas City, 2002, 2003, & 2009
Augustana College, Sioux Falls, 2008
Winter Opera St. Louis, 2014
Stanford University, 2017
Popular Opera Searches Church Opera
Publisher E. C. Schirmer Music Company
Reviews

Its means are simple, its rewards are great… [Susa has] fashioned shapely, plaintive melodies.   -John Ardoin, THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS

…an inventive, charming 'Christmas mystery fable' capable of enchanting child and adult alike.   -Scott Cantrell, THE AMERICAN ORGANIST

Designed for children young and old, The Wise Women is kind of a modern mystery play, leavened with humor. And Susa's music is sheer magic, Debussian in its deft twining of vocal and instrumental line and shimmering harmonies; the "Gloria" becomes an ecstatic welter, rich and strange.   -Joe Henderson, THE KANSAS CITY STAR

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