Beauty and the beast
an opera for solo voice, masks and string quartet

Composition Date: 1979
Revision Date: 1983
Duration: 00:28:00
Genre: Staged Vocal Works, Misc. Staged Musical Works,

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Unspecified voice
  • 2 x Violin
  • 1 x Viola
  • 1 x Violoncello
Programme Note:
Description: At the outset, the young virgin Beauty lives contentedly at home under the protection of her father, whose powers to care for her are, however, weakening. The moment comes when she must leave home; her father knows this and even to some extent assists in her departure. When she leaves, she encouters another kind of male personality: Beast, whose bristling masculinity immediately threatens her. Even though Beast appears to have attractive qualities beneath his frightening appearance, Beauty fears him and flees back to the protective care of her father. But her subconscious mind (i.e. the figures in her dreams) force her to realise that she cannot now remain here but must return and confront Beast, give herself to him and by this means, save him...that is, tame his brutish masculinity. As soon as this is done, Beast is transformed into a charming prince and the two lovers embark on their life together as young adults.



Canadian operas: an annotated catalogue of operas and staged vocal works by Canadian composers in the Canadian Music Centre, Colin Miles, ed.

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MV 7700 S296be
  • Genre:
  • Staged Vocal Works, Misc. Staged Musical Works,
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • September 29, 1992
  • Type:
  • Print-music, published
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (45 p.) ;
    45 Pages
    Height: 35 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Duration: 28:00
    Commissioned with the funds provided by the Ontario Arts Council for Maureen Forrester and the Orford String Quartet.
    Text in English by the composer after the story by Madame Leprice de Beaumont (French version by Gabriel Charpentier).

    Additional People:
    Mme Leprice de Beaumont
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