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The Wife of Martin Guerre (Piano/Vocal Score)

Opera in Three Acts

By William Bergsma

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Opera in Three Acts. Composed by William Bergsma. Full Length Opera. 20th Century. Piano/vocal score. 252 pages. Published by Galaxy Music Corporation (EC.1.3335).

Item Number: EC.1.3335

8.5" x 11" inches. Text: Janet Lewis.

Available Editions:
Piano/Vocal Score, 1.3335
Full score and parts available for rental.

Written by Janet Lewis

Opera in 3 Acts. Set in the sixteenth century in the French Pyrenees, The Wife of Martin Guerre deals with the question of false identity.

Martin Guerre has left home because of an argument with his father and has taken service as a soldier. As the years pass, the memory of Martin becomes dim in his wife's mind. Finally, a man claiming to be Martin Guerre returns home and is accepted by his family and friends, even though doubts remain in the mind of his wife, Bertrande.Three years after his return, Bertrande takes legal action and formally accuses the new Martin of being an imposter. The case comes to trial and the man is condemned to be hanged. An appeal is granted and it is gradually revealed, with chilling force, who is the real Martin Guerre.

A full-length lyric opera of dramatic tension in a colorful French provincial setting. Duration: ~ 2 Hours, 15 Minutes

Bertrande, the wife of Martin Guerre - Soprano
Diane, his sister - Coloratura Soprano
Annette, his sister - Mezzo-Soprano
Catherine, servant - Contralto
Sanxi, his son - Boy Soprano
Father Antoine, priest et Artigues - Tenor
Martin Guerre - Baritone
Old Guerre, his father/Third Soldier - Bass-Baritone
Pierre Guerre, his uncle - Bass
Steward/Judge 2 - Tenor
Carter/Crier 2 - Bass
Soldier from Rochefort/Judge 1 - Bass
Various bit parts (from chorus) -


Available Recordings:
Various scenes from The Wife of Martin Guerre were recorded on LP by Composers Recordings, Inc., CRI 105.

The libretto, entitled The Wife, is published by John Daniel & Company, Publishers, Santa Barbara, California.

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