The Comet - Oratorio for Christmas or Epiphany
|Piano, Electric piano, Synthesizer, Harpsichord, Organ, Flute, Violin, Triangle, Tambourine, Castanets, Soprano, Mezzo-soprano, Contralto, Tenor, Children’s voice, Voice, Bongos, Bass drum, Wood block, Temple blocks, Narrator, Maracas, Keyboard, Handbells, Sleigh Bells, Percussion, Hand chimes, Female choir: Soprano, Alto; Children’s choir: Soprano, Alto; Free choice: Instrument in C
|Solo, Soloists, Accompanying piano, Duo, Trio, Choir
Type of score
|Full score, Book
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ORATORIO for Christmastide or Epiphany for Two Children’s choirs, Narrator, Soloists, Hand Percussion, Handbells, Acustic or Electronic Piano/Harpsichord &/or Organ with Violin or Flute or other melodic instrument(s). All adaptable according to availability and circumstances.
The full score is 67 pages of music, written with Sibelius music program, revised in 2013. The libretto is available by contacting the author.
Available in Italian and German. © Music and Libretto in English & Italian by Joan Yakkey 2000
NARRATOR, 3 ASTROLOGERS (SSA or TTB), KING GASPAR’S 2 SERVANTS (trebles), AZIKO, COUNSELOR (mezzo-soprano/baritone), CAMEL (treble)
3 WISE MEN: GASPAR, BALTHASAR, MELCHIOR (SSA or TTB), ELDERLY COMPANION (soprano or tenor), KING HEROD (contralto or bass)
A SERVANT (contralto or bass), THE ASS (treble or soprano or tenor), THE OX (treble alto or mezzo-soprano or baritone)
ARCHANGEL GABRIEL (treble or soprano or tenor), THE COMET (treble or mezzo-soprano or baritone)
CHORUS I – younger children: unison singing and sound effects
CHORUS II – adolescents or adults: unison singing and 2/3 part voicing (SS/SSA) available also for choirs of mixed voices upon request.
The various Choral, Solo and Instrumental numbers can be performed as a whole or in part. The Oratorio can be presented in Concert form or dramatically interpreted with scenic development. Costumes can be added. Sections can also be performed liturgically, during Church services.
Première performances Dec.1999 – Jan. 2000
coordinated by the Department of Choral Activities for Children and Young Singers School of Music of Fiesole, Florence, Italy
SS: Annunziata School (Poggio Imperiale) Dec.15th 1999 Florence
Church of San Bernardino. Borgunto Dec.18th 1999 Fiesole
Cathedral Santa Maria Maggiore (Duomo) Jan. 6th 2000 Florence
Verdi Theater Jan. 11th 2000 Florence
The Version in German language - DER KOMET - is now uploaded to this site at the same price.
n.1 MUSICAL PRELUDE n.2 NARRATOR
n.3 PYGMY SLAVES and SERVANTS
n.4-5-6-7-8 KING GASPAR & COUNSELOR AZIKO
n.9 THE PYGMY SLAVES and CAMELS
n.10 INSTRUMENTAL INTERLUDE n.11 A CAMEL speaks
n.12 THE SLAVES n.13 NARRATOR n.14 THE SLAVES
n.15 NARRATOR n.16 MUSICAL INTERLUDE WITH SOUND EFFECTS
n.17 KING BALTHASAR – Aria - Narrative
n.18 THE SCHOLARS - a cappella Chorus
n.19 KING BALTHASAR – Recitative / Aria
n.20 THE BUTTERFLIES - CHORUS I (young children)
n.21 NARRATOR n.22 KING BALTHASAR to The Scholars
n.23 THE BUTTERFLIES - CHORUS I
n.24 NARRATOR n.25 THE SCHOLARS
n.26 NARRATOR n.27 KING BALTHASAR
n.28 THE THREE ASTROLOGERS (2 versions)
n.29 THE BUTTERFLIES - Unison CHORUS I & II
n.30 KING BALTHASAR - Aria n.31 NARRATOR
n.32 THE THREE ASTROLOGERS and THE SCHOLARS – 3 part a cappella Chorus
n.33 MUSICAL INTERLUDE with Animal and Desert sound effects.
n.34-35-36 KING MELCHIOR & ELDERLY COMPANION – Recitative, Arias, Narration, Duet
n.37-38 THE STARS / THE PLANETS - Choruses
n.39-40 KING MELCHIOR & his ELDERLY COMPANION- Narrative, Recitatives
n.41 MUSICAL INTERLUDE n.42 KING MELCHIOR - Aria with violin or flute and piano.
n.43 - 44 NARRATOR n.45 – 46 KING HEROD & SERVANTS
n.47 NARRATOR n.48-49 THE SERVANTS
n.50 THE WISE MEN and THE SERVANTS
n.51-2 KING HEROD & SERVANTS – Narrative, Aria
n.53 MUSICAL INTERLUDE (going to Bethlehem) – Choral sound effects.
n.55 - 56 THE WISE MEN & SLAVES – trio a cappella
n.57 MUSICAL INTERLUDE – Sound effects
n.59 THE ASS n.60-61-62 THE ANIMALS IN THE STALL – Ass & Ox – Narrative, Aria
n.63 VOCAL A CAPPELLA n.64 NARRATOR
n.65 THE ARCHANGEL
n.66 THE SHEPHERDS - a cappella Chorus
n.67 THE OX and THE ASS – Duet
n.68 THE ARCHANGEL GABRIEL & Chorus
n.69 THE SHEPHERDS
n.70-71-72-73 THE OX and THE ASS
n.74-75 THE THREE WISE MEN
n.76 NARRATOR n.77-78-79 THE ANGELS – FINAL CHORUS