Jay Schwartz: Narcissus & Echo

Jay Schwartz Narcissus & Echo
Narcissus & Echo

Jay Schwartz: Narcissus & Echo

Year of composition:
2003/2009
Subtitle:
Chamber opera
Scored for:
for countertenor, viola, percussion and organ
Composer:
Jay Schwartz
Librettist:
Jay Schwartz
Soloists:
countertenor
Instrumentation:
CT, vla, perc(2), org
Instrumentation details:
viola
percussion(2)
organ
Commission:
Fassung 2009: Kompositionsauftrag der Bayrischen Staatsoper München
Duration:
85’
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Work introduction

The musical realization of Ovid's story is based on the mirroring between Narcissus and Echo; the instrumentation corresponds directly to this relationship: the viola, which appears in the staging, is the countertenor's equal. A sensitive play on very quite and delicate sounds as well as on the earthly organic timbres of the viola yields a chamber music setting of a very intimate kind. A staging of this score should make it possible to integrate both soloists as near as possible to the audience, presenting them even around and among the audience.  

World première

Location:
Kaiserslautern
Date:
03.10.2003

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