You Cannot Pass the Mother By (Part 3 of Second Suite from Razumov) for wind quintet
Woodwind Quintet, Wind Quintet (aka Woodwind Quintet) - Intermediate
Composed by Greg Bartholomew. 21st Century, Contemporary Classical, Post-Romantic, Repertoire, Recital. Score, Set of Parts. 11 pages. Burke & Bagley #BB354. Published by Burke & Bagley (S0.12765).
Item Number: S0.12765
The Second Suite from Razumov derives from the second act of Razumov, Greg Bartholomew’s chamber opera based on the novel Under Western Eyes by Joseph Conrad. The opera tells the story of a young Russian, Razumov, who is caught up in the consequences when a fellow university student, Victor Haldin, assassinates a government minister. Themes for Part 1 are taken from the opening scene of Act Two, in which Haldin’s mother, in exile in Geneva and worried by the lack of news from her son, learns that Victor was the assassin and has now been caught and executed. Part 2 is an instrumental interlude. Part 3 is based on the scene in which Razumov is urged to visit Mrs. Haldin, an encounter Razumov dreads because it was he who informed on Haldin to the government. The final Part corresponds to the scene in which Razumov learns that news received from Russia has released him from suspicion for Haldin’s death by placing responsibility on an innocent man.The Suite was commissioned by a consortium of ensembles led by the Aeolian Winds of Pittsburgh, who presented the world premiere performance on November 9, 2008, at the First Baptist Church of Pittsburgh. For more information about the Suites from Razumov, visit www.gregbartholomew.com/suiteraz.html .
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