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Fallings (Workshop Excerpts)

On 07, Dec 2012 | In | By Joel Friedman

Fallings (Workshop Excerpts)

Fallings (work-in-progress) – A multi-media chamber music theater piece residing in the realm between opera and musical theater. Seth Friedman libretto

Instrumentation: 6 person cast (3 women, 3 men), solo violinist, mixed ensemble, and pre-recorded sound
Duration: projected as a one act

Excerpt 1: How Does The World Fall Into Place? (early draft from recent workshop)
A poignant soliloquy song for Teresa, who tries to make sense of life and her relationship with Laura.
From the April 2012 workshop at NDNU’s Out Of the Box Festival. (featured performers: Diana-Torres Koss, soprano, Stepan Rudenko, piano).

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Excerpt 2: Let’s Go Back (early draft from recent workshop)
Teresa recounts how from the beginning her “second fiddle” status wasn’t good enough for Laura, setting the tone for their turbulent, but inextricably connected, future friendship. From the April 2012 workshop at NDNU’s Out Of the Box Festival (featured performers: Diana-Torres Koss, soprano, Debra Lambert, mezzo-soprano, Stepan Rudenko, piano, and Cynthia Mei, violin portraying the young, struggling violin student, Teresa).

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About the work:

Fallings, written in collaboration with librettist Seth Friedman (Personals, One Into One, Let Freedom Sing, Fantasy In Endenich), tells the complex story of two childhood friends: Laura, a spoiled, but celebrated, violinist, and Teresa, her perpetual “second fiddle” — an enabler/fixer, and control freak manager. Fallings probes the bonds of friendship and asks: how far we are willing to stretch them?