The Prodigal Son
Year of arrangement: 2021
Instrumentation: 1[/pic] 1[/cor] 1 1 – 1 0 0 0 – pno, str (1 1 1 1 1) + solos STBar
Commissioned by: Opera on Location
First performance: Kelham Island Museum, 15 Aug 2021
Performance by Opera on Location
£6 – Available here (until September 28 2021)
Published by Steel City Music Publishing
Available to hire here
This chamber edition of Debussy's miniature opera was commissioned by Opera on Location for performances at Kelham Island Museum in August 2021. Debussy's revised (and final) version of the work was premiered at the Sheffield Music Festival in 1908 under the baton of Henry Wood and is here in a brand new orchestration for 11 players, with the original soprano, tenor and baritone solo voices.
I confess that I did wonder how Morton would translate Debussy’s ‘pseudo-exotic’ colourings [...] but the orchestral Prélude confirmed that the ambient modality and exotic arabesques would be beautifully conveyed by the instrumental ensemble. Opera Today, Aug 2021
"...George’s score is sensitive and effective." Classicalexburns, Aug 2021
This version was commissioned by Opera on Location with funding support from Arts Council England.