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Blue Mountain

by Andrew J. Boyle.

Opera

Language
English
Written
2007
Genre
drama
Format
history play
Target group
adults
Number of roles
2 women, 3 men
Length
one act (60 min)
Subject
Inheritance, legacy. What do we leave those who come after us?

Synopsis

The theme of "The Blue Man" is what we inherit and what we pass on to the next generation. The story draws on a little known episode in the last summer of Grieg´s life in 1907. The composer found inspiration in the people round him, especially Percy Grainger. Despite increasing illness and mental instability he managed an extraordinary last mountain trip to the top of The Blue Man.

The song texts Spread throughout the range of Grieg´s songs (and generally forgotten behind the more popular settings of nature-poems) are a number of songs set to surprising texts that reflect a preoccupation with death of young women, with the allusion that the chance to come to fulfillment has been broken off. Grieg lost his only child. I have used these song-texts in the body of the play as a "chorus".

History

Premiered
2007
Producer
Bergen International Festival
Starring
Marianne Anderson (Nina Grieg), Torben Grue (Doctor Rossing), Njål Sparbø (Grieg) og Nils Harald Sødal (Percy Grainger). Kenneth Jean conducted The Norwegian Wind Ensemble

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