The Sacrifice (opera)
The Sacrifice is an
operain three acts composed by James MacMillan with a librettoby the poet Michael Symmons Robertsbased on Branwenstory of the Welsh myth collection, the Mabinogion. The world premiere took place on Date|22 September 2007 at the Donald Gordon Theatre of the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff. The production was staged by Welsh National Opera, directed by Katie Mitchelland conducted by the composer.
The large orchestra consists of 12 First
Violins, 10 Second Violins, 8 violas, 6 cellos, 4 double basses, 2 flutes, 2 piccolos, 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 5 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani(five drums in total) with a large percussionsection for 3 players.
The second percussionist plays the same glockenspiel as the first percussionist,
tubular bells, the same geophone as the first percussionist, 5 wood blocks(graded), anvil, snare drumand suspended cymbal.
The third percussionist plays 2 chromatic octaves of
crotales(with two double bass bows), 5 tuned gongs (one large, three medium and one small), güiro, vibraslap, 1 metal sheet, tenor drum, a pair of crash cymbals and tam-tam.
Also required are
harp, electric pianoand onstage two tambourinesand an electric guitar.
url = http://www.boosey.com/pages/cr/news/further_info.asp?NewsID=11472
title = James MacMillan: The Sacrifice for WNO
accessdate = 2008-01-05
last = Roberts
first = Michael Symmons
date = August 2007
publisher = Boosey & Hawkes Performance details and plot
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