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Acts 1, 2 and 3

By Philip Glass

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Acts 1, 2 and 3. Composed by Philip Glass (1937-). Opera or Operetta. Score Only. Dunvagen Music Publishers #MUSDU10006. Published by Dunvagen Music Publishers (BT.MUSDU10006).

Item Number: BT.MUSDU10006


The second in Glass' trilogy about men who changed the world, Satyagraha's sub-text is politics. The opera is semi-narrative in form and deals with Mahatma Gandhi's early years in South Africa and his development of non-violentprotest into a political tool. (Satyagraha is a Sanskrit word meaning 'truth force'). The first two acts each contain three scenes; the last is one continuous scene. Each act is dominated by a single historic figure (non-singingrole) overlooking the action from above: the Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore in Act I, the Russian author Leo Tolstoy in act II, the American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., in Act III.

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