William Walton - The Bear

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Commissioned by the Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of

Congress and dedicated to the memory of Serge and Natalie Koussevitzky

The Bear

An Extravaganza in One Act

Vocal Score - Second Edition

Music by

William Walton

Libretto adapted from Anton Chekhov by

Paul Dehn and William Walton

Lyrics by

Paul Dehn

German translation by

Ernst Roth

Piano arrangement by

Roy Douglas

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The cover illustration is taken from photographs by Reg Wilson.

Performing material is available for hire from the publisher’s hire library, including a full score (from Vol. 2 of the

complete William Walton Edition) also available on sale (ISBN 978-0-19-338443-9).

This edition of the vocal score brings it into line with that new full score, edited by Michael Burden.


The first performance of The Bear was given by the English Opera Group (Monica Sinclair, John Shaw,

Norman Lumsden, conductor James Lockhart, producer Colin Graham) on 3 June 1967 at the

Aldeburgh Festival.

Instrumentation

Single woodwind, 1 horn, 1 trumpet, 1 trombone, percussion (2 players), harp, piano, string quartet (but

preferably Tutti)

Duration: 48 mins (without cuts)

Characters

POPOVA, Yeliena Ivanovna,

the young widow of a landowner.

Pretty, with dimpled cheeks.

SMIRNOV, Grigory Stepanovich,

a middle-aged landowner

LUKA, Madam Popova’s old

Manservant

COOK and GROOM (walk-on parts)

The action takes place in a drawing-room of Madam Popova’s house in the country.

Time: 1888

Voice Range

Mezzo-soprano

Baritone

Bass

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