Alma & Oskar
mélodrame (d'outre-tombe)

John Rea
John Rea
Composition Date: 2001
Duration: 00:09:00
Genre: Two Voices, With Full Orchestra


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Soprano
  • 1 x Baritone
  • 1 x Full orchestra
Programme Note:
Set on the eve of World War I, this melodrama (from beyond the grave) is a musical account of the love story between Alma Schindler-Mahler and the visual artist and early Expressionist Oskar Kokoschka, as told in the biography (1988) of Alma written by Françoise Giroud.

The composition deals with memory, misunderstanding between the two, and makes reference ot the fruit of their love, the great painting entitled Windsbraut (the Bride of the Wind).

In the version for one solo singer and piano, Alma & Oskar was commissioned by Radio-Canada for the National Competition for Young Performers -- 1995.

John Rea (from the score)


  • Call Number:
  • MV 2400 R281alm 2001
  • Genre:
  • Two Voices, With Full Orchestra
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • September 2, 2004
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 partition (ii, 40 p.) ; 43 cm.
    42 Pages
    Height: 43 cm
    Width: 28 cm
  • Language Information
  • Language of libretto: German
    Language of libretto: French
    Language of libretto: English
  • Additional Information:
  • Pour soprano, baryton et orchestre.
    Pour soprano solo et baryton solo/112(cl. basse)1/2100/perc.(1), piano (célesta), harpe/cordes
    Paroles en allemand, français et anglais.
    Extraits de "Alma Mahler ou l'art d'être aimée" (1988) par Françoise Giroud.

    Existe aussi en version pour :
    — ténor et piano
    — soprano et piano
    — mezzo-soprano et piano
    — soprano, baryton et piano

    Photocopie; l'original se trouve au CMC Montréal.
    Durée: 9:00.
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