Magyar Electra (Beischer-Matyó, Tamás)

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Work Title Magyar Electra
Alternative. Title Hungarian Electra
Composer Beischer-Matyó, Tamás
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 2 acts, 7 scenes
Act I
Scene 1: The throne room of the Royal Palace
Scene 2: The garden of the Royal Palace
Scene 3: The garden of the Royal Palace – twenty years later
Act II
Scene 1: Tomb of King Agamemnon
Scene 2: The throne room of the Royal Palace
Scene 3: The garden of the Royal Palace
Scene 4: In front of the Royal Palace

Place: Mycenaean kingdom
Time: the 1st and 2nd scenes of the Act I shortly after the end of the Trojan War, the other scenes twenty years later

Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1998-2012
First Publication. 2012
Librettist Péter Bornemisza (1535–1584) on the basis of Sophocles' play, Elektra
Language Hungarian
Average DurationAvg. Duration 155 minutes (65+90)
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation voices, chorus, orchestra
Cast
AEGISTUS, king (baritone)
PARASITUS, servant of the king (tenor)
CLITEMNESTRA, queen (soprano)
ELECTRA, King Agamemnon’s daughter (mezzo-soprano)
CHRISOTHEMIS, Electra’s sister (soprano)
CHORUS, Electra’s followers (3 sopranos, 2 mezzo-sopranos, 2 contraltos)
ORESTES, prince, Electra’s brother (tenor)
MESTER, Orestes’ tutor (bass)
Grieving girl (soprano)
Two maids-of-honour to Clitemnestra (mute roles)
Mixed Chorus
Guests, maids, servants, voices from far off, ladies-in-waiting, shadows
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Orchestra
piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, English Horn, 2 clarinets (B), bass clarinet (B), 2 bassoons, contrabassoon
4 horns (F), 3 trumpets (C), 3 trombones, contrabass tuba
timpani, percussion (6 players: snare drum, 5 tom-tom drums, bass drum, conga drums, tambourine, suspended cymbal, cymbals (a2), tamtam, jingle bells, tubular bells, triangle, glockenspiel, vibraphone, marimba, 4 wood blocks, maracas, chimes, glass wind chimes)
harp, celesta, strings