The Grapes of Wrath (Concert Version)

Ricky Ian Gordon

Arranged by Ricky Ian Gordon & Bruce Coughlin
Libretto by Michael Korie
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Performing Ensemble: Orchestra
Text: "The Grapes of Wrath", Novel by John Steinbeck. Libretto by Michael Korie
Publisher: Carl Fischer Music
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Quick Overview

John Steinbeck?s classic tale of the Joad family?s odyssey from drought stricken Oklahoma to the illusory ?green pastures? of southern California is one of the great stories of survival. Full of fully-rounded, three-dimensional characters, some of whom die on the way and some of whom suffer and grow on the road to the ?promised land,? the opera is remarkably faithful to the book. From the stirring opening chorus, ?The Last Time There Was Rain,? to the remarkable final scene in which Rosasharn, whose baby has been stillborn, nurses a dying man, this large-scale opera preserves the biblical and socially progressive underpinnings of Steinbeck?s Pulitzer Prize winning book.

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Additional Information

Arranger Gordon, Ricky Ian , Coughlin, Bruce
Composition Date 2007
Duration 02:10:00
Librettist Korie, Michael
Orchestration 2(dbl. Picc.) 2(dbl.E.H.) 2(dbl.B.Cl., Eb Cl.) 2(dbl.Cbsn.) A.Sax. T.Sax.(dbl.Bar.Sax.) - 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 2Perc. Synth. Hp. Harmonica. Gtr. Str.
Premiere March 22, 2010. Jane Fonda, Narrator, Collegiate Chorale (Thomas Bagwell, conductor), American Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ted Sperling; directed by Eric Simonson; Carnegie Hall, New York, NY