• Philip Glass
  • Einstein on the Beach (1976)

  • Dunvagen Music Publishers Inc (World)

Opera in four acts by Robert Wilson and Philip Glass which includes two large-scale dance scenes.
Spoken text (English) by Christopher Knowles, Samuel M Johnson and Lucinda Childs.

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  • SATB (16 voices)
  • 2S, T, 4 speaking roles
  • 4 hr 30 min
  • Philip Glass
  • spoken text by Christopher Knowles, Samuel M Johnson and Lucinda Childs
  • English, German

Programme Note

CAST
2 female, 1 male, and 1 male child in speaking roles (for the Wilson production)
16 person SATB chamber chorus
soprano soloist
smaller tenor solo part

SYNOPSIS
The first in Glass' trilogy of operas about men who changed the world through the power of their ideas, Einstein's sub-text is science. The opera is non-narrative in form, and the producer has two options: to reproduce the original Robert Wilson production (which exists on videotape), or to create a new series of stage and dance pictures based on themes relating to the life of Albert Einstein. The opera is structured in four ‘acts’ connected by ‘knee plays’, or intermezzi.

Listen

Einstein on the Beach: Knee Play 1
Einstein on the Beach: Knee Play 2
Einstein on the Beach: Act I, Scene 1 - Train
Einstein on the Beach: Act I, Scene 2 - Trail
Einstein on the Beach: Knee Play 5

Discography

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