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The Scarlet Letter - an opera in 2 Acts

Classical/Opera • 2016 • Lyricist: David Mason
 
 
   
 

Ye People of New England. Dimmesdale's confession aria

Title by uploader: Ye People of New England — Dimmesdale's confession aria from The Scarlet Letter


10.00 USD

Seller Lori Laitman
PDF, 846.3 Kb ID: SM-000326439 Upload date: 22 Feb 2018
Instrumentation
Piano, Tenor
Scored for
Solo, Accompanying piano
Type of score
Piano-vocal score
Publisher
Enchanted Knickers Music
Language
English
Difficulty
Advanced
Duration
4'30
Year of composition
2008
Genre
Classical/Aria
In Act II, Scene 2 of The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale have plotted their escape from the confining judgment of their community. As the town celebrates Election Day and he lovers prepare to leave with their daughter, Pearl, they are confronted by Hester's estranged husband. Feeling his own body failing and worried that he will die without confessing his sin, Arthur mounts the scaffold.
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This Canopy of Trees. Hester's aria

Title by uploader: This Canopy of Trees — Hester's aria from The Scarlet Letter


10.00 USD

Seller Lori Laitman
PDF, 828.2 Kb ID: SM-000326438 Upload date: 22 Feb 2018
Instrumentation
Piano, Soprano
Scored for
Solo, Accompanying piano
Type of score
Piano-vocal score
Publisher
Enchanted Knickers Music
Language
English
Difficulty
Advanced
Duration
3'45
Year of composition
2008
Genre
Classical/Aria
At the beginning of Act II, Scene 1 of The Scarlet Letter, Hester has entered the forest with her daughter, Pearl, hoping to meet Arthur Dimmesdale on his return from a ministering errand. At this point, she has just been confronted by her estranged husband, Roger Chillingworth, who has uncovered the adulterous truth about the young minister. Here, outside the confines of the town, Hester begins to question the moral strictures that have governed her life.

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Piano-vocal score

Title by uploader: The Scarlet Letter - an opera in 2 Acts – Piano-Vocal score


125.00 USD

Seller Lori Laitman
PDF, 20.96 Mb ID: SM-000328270 Upload date: 18 Mar 2018
Instrumentation
Piano, Soprano, Mezzo-soprano, Tenor, Baritone
Scored for
Solo, Accompanying piano
Type of score
Piano-vocal score
Publisher
Enchanted Knickers Music
Language
English
Difficulty
Difficult
Duration
2'10
In old Boston, a young woman, Hester Prynne, has been charged with adultery and forced to wear the scarlet letter 'A' embroidered on her breast. Just as she mounts the scaffold to receive her sentence, her husband, long presumed dead and newly escaped from captivity among the Indians, arrives and recognizes her. This man, renamed as Roger Chillingworth, begins a quest to discover the father of Hester's child. As the community wrestles with whether or not to allow Hester to continue raising her daughter, Chillingworth moves in with the pale young minister, Arthur Dimmesdale, who hides the fact that he is the father of Hester's child. In a dark night of the soul, Arthur is taunted by a local witch, and it becomes clear that he is overcome with guilt and inner conflict about his past with Hester. The two lovers meet in the forest, plotting their escape, sure they can escape the laws and mores of men in this new world. But Dimmesdale cannot forget his guilt, and during an election day ceremony he confesses his sin to the crowd, exposing a branded letter 'A' over his own heart. Dimmesdale dies at the moment of his confession, and the opera moves out into a broader, lyrical sense of time in which its stories are at least partly resolved. - David Mason
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