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The Hill

Symbolist Opera in 1 Act

By Frank Ferko

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Soprano solo voice, Mezzo-Soprano solo voice, Lyric Baritone solo voice, Boy Soprano solo voice, SATB Chorus (SSAA divisi), 1(Pic)/1(EHn)/1(BCl)/1 1/2/1/0 0/1/1/1 Strings (2 Fl. (1 also on Picc.); 2 Ob.; 1 E. H.; 2 Cl. in B-flat; 1 B. Cl.; 2 Bn.; 4 Hn. in F; 2 Tpt. in B-flat; 2 Tbn. (2nd doubles on B. Tbn.); Perc. 1: Timp., B. D. S. D. (1 player); Perc. 2: Glock., Crot., Susp. Cym. (1 player); Celesta; Piano; Harp; Str. (mi)
Symbolist Opera in 1 Act. Composed by Frank Ferko. One Act/Chamber Opera. 20th Century. Piano/Vocal Score. Duration 1 hour. E.C. Schirmer Publishing #5234. Published by E.C. Schirmer Publishing (EC.5234).

Item Number: EC.5234

ISBN 600313452345. Text: Sally M. Gall.

The Hill, in part a consolatory work for an era when youth is cut off in its prime, takes place in a mythological setting. Young people are waiting on a hill distinguished by a somewhat incomprehensible Musician and a Manor into which their leader has vanished.

Despite the Musician's cryptic warnings, the young leader's best friend (the Youth) follows a mysterious young woman (the Apprentice) into the Manor. There he discovers from the Mistress that his friend has indeed died. Frantic with grief, he begs for death also. After some argument his wish is granted.

However, because of the love all of the young people bear one another, the souls of the departed are placed on the Musician's harp and blaze forth eternally.

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