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Jules Massenet: Werther: (Arr. Ruth Martin): Mixed Choir And Accomp.

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COMPOSER: Jules Massenet
ARRANGER: Ruth Martin
PUBLISHER: G. Schirmer
INSTRUMENTATION: Opera
PRODUCT FORMAT: Libretto
Premiered in Vienna, in February 1892, under the direction of Hans Richter, Massenet's Werther has proven an enduring work, one of the composer's most tightly constructed and dramatically urgent. The libretto was fashioned bywriters Georges Hartmann, Edouard Blau, and Paul Millet, after Goethe's
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Composer Jules Massenet
Arranger Ruth Martin
Publisher G. Schirmer
Instrumentation Opera
Number of pages 40
Product Format Libretto
Description Product Type Book [Softcover]
Genre Opera / Operette
Style Period Romantic
Year of Publication 1986
UPC 073999824582
Series G. Schirmer's Collection of Opera Librettos
No. HL50340570
Product Dimensions 26,7 x 17,2 cm
Description
Premiered in Vienna, in February 1892, under the direction of Hans Richter, Massenet's Werther has proven an enduring work, one of the composer's most tightly constructed and dramatically urgent. The libretto was fashioned bywriters Georges Hartmann, Edouard Blau, and Paul Millet, after Goethe's 'Sorrows of Young Werther'.

Charlotte, the eldest daughter of a baliff, is engaged to Albert. In his absence, she is escorted to the local ball by ayoung visiting poet, Werther. Albert returns unexpectedly, disappointed at not finding Charlotte, he promises her sister he will return in the morning. At the ball, Werther falls in love with Charlotte, but realises that Alberthas returned and urges Charlotte not to break her promise to marry Albert.

Three months later, Charlotte and Albert, now married, walk across the town square on their way to church, followed by Werther who is stilldistraught. Albert realizes that Werther must be in love with his wife, and Charlotte tells him he must leave town until Christmas. Werther rushes away, contemplating suicide.

Alone at home on Christmas Eve, as Charlotterereads the dejected love letters written to her by Werther, he appears and reads to her a passage from a poem where the poet foresees his own death. Charlotte begs him to stop and he realises she loves him too. But she runs fromhis embrace and Werther leaves, resolved to die. Albert enters and a message arrives from Werther asking to borrow Albert's pistol. Her reaction convinces him of her love for Werther. The pistols are dispensed, and when Albert hasgone she hurries off, arriving at his quarters to find him dying. She declares her love, and he begs forgiveness and dies.

This is the Schirmer edition of the Libretto in French and English.
Song List
  • 1. Werther
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