Assent of the Swallow (Wallach, Joelle)

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Joelle Wallach (2018/11/13)

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Work Title Assent of the Swallow
Alternative. Title The Happy Prince
Composer Wallach, Joelle
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IJW 4
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1985
Librettist Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
Language English
Average DurationAvg. Duration 21 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation narrator, children's chorus, chamber orchestra
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Extra Information fairy tale

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Based on Oscar Wilde’s fairy tale, The Happy Prince, Wallach’s Assent of the Swallow is a touching and lyrical tale about the love between two odd and dissimilar beings who give of themselves to help others. The music is evocative and lyrical, full of color and the quiet passion of compassion. An enjoyable performance piece with a subtle but powerful moral.