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The Coffee's Greener - on the Other Side of the Shop

By Pat Holmberg with lyricist Amelia Tanttila

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Piano, Flute, Voice Quartet - Advanced Intermediate
Composed by Pat Holmberg with lyricist Amelia Tanttila. Opera, Ragtime, Swing, Musicals, Comedy. Score. 21 pages. Published by Patricia Tanttila Holmberg (S0.70327).

Item Number: S0.70327

This is a short - approximately 12 minutes - 'mini' opera. The only set requirements are two small tables with two chairs and two cups at each one, and a newspaper with a crossword puzzle for the Older Man. Four singers - one soprano (the older woman), one mezzo-soprano (the younger woman), a tenor (the younger man) and a baritone (the older man). Accompaniment is piano and flute. The flutist doubles as a waitress, but has no singing parts. The plot revolves around the older couple and younger couple over-hearing each other's conversations. There are times when it is just plain silly - there are a lot of laughs in this piece - but it does have serious, poignant undertones. The music style changes a bit depending on the mood of each song as the plot develops. Regardless of the style of each one, the music is generally tonal - nothing far out. When all four singers unite for the finale, they sing a quartet together which has a definite ragtime style, making the ending very upbeat. This is a good crowd-pleaser. It was written for and first performed by the Boulder (Colorado) Songmakers in 1997. The composer and lyricist are a mother-daughter team. .

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