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Morton Gould: Fall River Legend: Orchestra

Study Score | Sheet Music and Books

COMPOSER: Morton Gould
PUBLISHER: G. Schirmer
PRODUCT FORMAT: Study Score
Morton Gould 's Fall River Legend ballet suite for Orchestra. Study score. Fall River Legend was commissioned by Ballet Theatre with choreography by Agnes de Mille, music byMortonGould, and sets by Oliver Smith, and recieved its world premiere performance at the Metropolitan Opera House, New
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Composer Morton Gould
Publisher G. Schirmer
Product Format Study Score
Genre Ballet
Year of Publication 1986
Style Contemporary
UPC 073999568301
Instrumentation Orchestra
No. HL50456830
Number of pages 120
Series Study Score
Composer Morton Gould
Description

Morton Gould's Fall River Legend ballet suite for Orchestra. Study score.

Fall River Legend was commissioned by Ballet Theatre with choreography by Agnes de Mille, music byMortonGould, and sets by Oliver Smith, and recieved its world premiere performance at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, on April 22, 1948.

Having selected for her subject the historical Lizzie Borden murder case, deMilleused both pantomime and ballet techniques to convey the story. Morton Gould created the musical score in a similar way alternating programmatic sections with more formal dance patterns. The set dance movements formthebasis of this orchestral suite, omitting most of the purely dramatic sequences.

A feeling of austerity and doom opens the Prologue, followed by a group of Waltzes depicting Lizzie's childhood. The sadness of Lizzie'sgirlhoodis reflected in the nostalgic Elegy. Church social is a setting for a parish dance, and Hymnal Variations suggest the old New England hymn tunes. The festive Cotillion is an exhuberant sequence of dancing patterns.Epilogue returnsto the foreboding mood of the prologue.

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