Project Description

Orchestra (1974) 60′

Perusal Scores
(open full screen)

Sheet Music


2-Fl 2-Ob 2-BbCl 2-Hn Tpt Tbn 2-Perc Hp Hpsd/Pno Strings

Music by David Maslanka
Short Story by Ray Bradbury
Libretto by John A. Wiles, Jr.

The theme of transformation, which runs through the entire course of my music, begins with this small opera. “Old Mam” has reached her 90th birthday, terrified of death, alone and friendless. Death, appearing in the form of her years-ago boyfriend, lures her out of her solitude with the offer of reliving her 18th birthday. Her dream day complete, she is ready to release her life.