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Return of the Corn (Corn Mother Opera)

Elia, Anthony J.

The "Corn Mother Opera" is a short chamber opera, conceived primarily by Vita and Ishmael Wallace. The work is based on an old Lenape tale, and created by a group of musicians, writers, and composers on the Upper West Side of Manhattan on the afternoon of April 14th. In the period of ~3 hours, this group got together and co-wrote what would become a 40 minute opera, which was produced the next day on April 15th, on 113th Street at 9PM. Anthony Elia was the composer of three parts (Overture, Introduction with Chorus, and Return of the Corn Mother), while Ishmael Wallace was also a composer. There were several other individuals involved, including opera director Anna Etsuko Tsuri, who directed the opera. NB: In this section, the flute/violin line can be played interchangeably. In the performance on April 15, 2013, the piano played the first and third beat of the measure (in rehearsal), while the flute played second and fourth. During the performance, the piano played t! he whole line, with the flute playing over top on the second and fourth. Any variation can be made here, whichever suits the players.

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May 6, 2013
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