• Nadia Boulanger
  • La Ville Morte (1909)

  • Heugel (World)


orchestrated by Mauro Bonifacio (2005)

  • 2+pic.2+ca.2+bcl.2 / 3.2.1.0 / timp.perc / hp.cel / str
  • men’s chorus and children’s chorus
  • S, 2Mz, T, Bar
  • 1 hr 30 min
  • Gabriele D'Annunzio
  • French

Programme Note

Anne and Hébé talk about Hébé’s concern about her brother’s Léonard’s condition. Anne reveals her despair and isolation, Hébé reveals her desires to leave Mycenae. Léonard announces that he and his workers have uncovered the tombs of the Atriades. Alexandre attempts to convey his love and desire for Hébé but she refuses. Léonard confesses to Alexandre the secret of his incestuous lust. Anne, mistakenly thinking that Hébé and Alexandre are having an affair, confronts Leonard. Hébé begs Léonard to take her away from Mycenae but Léonard accuses her of lusting for Alexander.

Léonard orders Hébé to wait for him at the fountain and kills her. Anne, groping in her blindness, brushes against Hébé’s foot and she exclaims that she can see once again.