The surging and rushing of the violent sea and the chilling wind can be heard in this thrilling score, and they sweep a listener away onto a tumultuous emotional journey with Maurya, a mother in mourning.
Riders to the Sea is a play written by Irish Literary Renaissance playwright John Millington Synge. It was first performed on 25 February 1904 at the Molesworth Hall, Dublin, by the Irish National Theater Society. A one-act tragedy, the play is set in the Aran Islands, Inishmaan, and like all of Synge's plays it is noted for capturing the poetic dialogue of rural Ireland. The composer Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958) made an almost verbatim setting of the play as an opera, using the same title (1927). Bruce Montgomery (1927–2008) wrote a light opera, Spindrift (1963), that was based on Riders to the Sea. German composer Eduard Pütz (1911–2000) also set the play as an opera, using the same title (1972).
Vaughan Williams set Synge's text essentially intact, with only a small number of changes Although the vocal score had been in print since 1936, the full orchestral score was not published until 19733 The composer Edmund Rubbra has characterised this work as less an opera than a "spoken drama raised in emotional power and expressiveness to the nth degree"4 Hugh Ottaway. Chissell, Joan "Opera in London: Sadler's Wells – Riders to the Sea", The Musical Times, August 1953, pp 372–373 subscription required.
Ralph Vaughan Williams. Label: British Composers. Riders to the Sea. Ralph Vaughan Williams Composer. 'Record company'' Vaughan Williams completed his masterly setting of J. M. Synge's one-act drama, Riders to the Sea, in 1932. Although it has enjoyed the occasional revival, it remains one of the least-known and most under-appreciated of Vaughan Williams's major works. Indeed, with scoring that is both economical and intensely evocative, it can be a gripping experience, especially when presented as sympathetically as here.
Riders to the Sea is a short one-act opera by Ralph Vaughan Williams, based on the play of the same name by John Millington Synge. The composer completed the score in 1927, but it was not premiered until 1 December 1937, at the Royal College of Music, London Vaughan Williams set Synge's text essentially intact, with only a small number of changes
Opera Holloway presents a rare opportunity to see Vaughan Williams’s tragedy Riders to the Sea alongside the comic opera Rita by Donizetti in a new English translation. Riders to the Sea is a dramatic and intense portrayal of a family's lament for sons lost at sea off the Donegal coast. Donizetti’s one act comedy contrasts this tragedy with the farcical tale of Rita. Having lived in fear of her first husband, she now keeps her second husband very much under the thumb. Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958). Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848).
No, not Peter Grimes: this is Vaughan Williams’s 1932 operatic setting of Synge’s Riders to the Sea. But Vaughan Williams’s operas are undramatic, runs the received wisdom. There were no great British operas between Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and the premiere of Grimes in 1945, we’re repeatedly told. This student production of Riders to the Sea didn’t just refute those assumptions: it threw them into a riptide and watched them being dragged under and swept away. From Vaughan Williams’s opening bars, the gale starts to rise and the green-grey swell begins to gather its murderous strength.
Riders to the Sea book. It's notable for the orchestral portraits of the sea and the wind, which ultimately lead to the Sinfonia Antartica, and many think it Vaughan Wililams's finest theatrical work. Online Stores ▾. Audible Barnes & Noble Walmart eBooks Apple Books Google Play Abebooks Book Depository Alibris Indigo Better World Books IndieBound.