Berceuse
from The Scarlet Princess (arrangement for soprano and piano)

Alexina Louie
Composer
Alexina Louie
Composition Date: 1999
Genre: Staged Vocal Works, Operas, Musical Selections

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Soprano
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Programme Note:
The Berceuse appears in Act 2 of my grand opera, The Scarlet Princess. The opera is based on a 17th Century Kabuki play, The Scarlet Princess of Edo, which I discovered and had adapted by my librettist, David Henry Hwang.

The opera is the sensuous and erotic tale of reincarnation, obsessive love, demonic possession, revenge, murder and redemption. It is populated by a colourful cast of
Imperial figures, nuns, monks, villagers, outcasts, prostitutes, johns, ghosts and demons.

In Act 2 Scene 2, Princess Sakura is reunited with her baby. She sings the Berceuse, an expressive song of tenderness and love.

The Scarlet Princess was commissioned by The Canadian Opera Company in 1996 and received its full concert premiere on Tuesday April 23, 2002 in Toronto at the George Weston Recital Hall. In the original premiere performance, the role of Sakura was sung by Valdine Anderson.

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MV 7120 L888be
  • Genre:
  • Staged Vocal Works, Operas, Musical Selections
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • November 21, 2007
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (11 p.) ; 32 cm.
    11 Pages
    Height: 32 cm
    Width: 24 cm
  • Language Information
  • Language of libretto: English
  • Additional Information:
  • Voice (soprano) and piano
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