Kathleen (Barnett, John)


Sheet Music


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Fynnjamin (2014/6/7)

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Publisher. Info. Autograph manuscript, 1840 (September).
Misc. Notes Binder says "Mr. & Mrs. Henry M. Rogers. December 15, 1919. 2 vols." Clean autograph with crossouts rather than abschrift.
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General Information

Work Title Kathleen
Alternative. Title
Composer Barnett, John
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 2 Acts
Act I.
  • Prelude (first 52 pages of ms)
  • Introduction (STB offstage chorus of peasants/TB onstage chorus (+orch))
  • Ballad (p.122. Kathleen, reduced orchestra)
  • Scene (p.129-185? Kathleen, Roderick, Noonan (bass), Norato (Morato? Nirals?, ???, spelling? Soprano), Child, STB chorus, fuller orch. In multiple movements with full stops, marked with tempi but not as separate titled sections in score.)
  • Recit. and Air. (p.187. Joyce Keating? (sp?), reduced orchestra. Aria starts p.195.)
  • Cavatina: Allegretto con delicatezza (p.205. Norato, medium-sized orch.)
  • Peasants Bridal Song: Allegretto quasi Andantino (p.217. STB chorus, orch.)
  • Finale 1mo. Moderato. (p.229 to 318. Norato, Joyce, Lusmore (Lusmar?), Noonan, Roderick, STB chorus, orch.) In several sections (as often for an act finale.)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1840
First Performance. Unperformed
Librettist James Sheridan Knowles (1784-1862)
Language English
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation voices, chorus, orchestra Piccolo, flute, oboes, bassoons, clarinets in A, bassoons, 3 horns, trumpets, cornet a pistons, 3 trombones, ophicleide, harp, timpani, organ, percussion, strings

Misc. Comments

Described as unperformed/withheld from performance in contemporary biographies of the composer.

Is this based on a published work by Knowles (for example one that can be found in one of the three volumes of Knowles' works published in 1840 that can be downloaded @ Internet Archive- maybe with a lot of names changed and the plot much adapted by Barnett?), or was it written specifically by Knowles for this opera? I admit to some confusion... - ES