Commissioned by the English National Opera

  • 2+pic.2+ca.2+bcl.2+cbn/4331/timp.3perc/
  • 2 Trebles, 3 Tenors, 3 baritones, Bass Baritone, 2 Basses
  • 1 hr 30 min
  • Stephen Oliver
  • English

Programme Note


A rich and very generous man, having distributed all his wealth to his friends, applies to those friends when he himself needs money. They refuse him and he invites them to a banquet where the dishes hold nothing but stones and lukewarm water. Leaving the city, he finds a hoard of gold in the wilderness. He gives it to his best friend, a banished general, to support an army that will make war on the city. But when he is appealed to for judgment by both sides, he kills himself in their presence; the general is then reconciled to the city over his corpse.

2 trebles, 3 tenors, 3 baritones, 1 bass-baritone and 2 basses