Carl Fischer The Tibetan Book Of The Dead
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Based on Jean-Claude van Itallie's play after the Buddhist teachings of the same name, The Tibetan Book of The Dead leads us through the stages we experience after death and our transition into the next life. It is at once a ritual, an oratorio in 17 set numbers, a requiem, a warning, and a theatrically-staged wake. The 8 characters include a baritone ("The Reader" leading the journey towards death, enlightenment, or rebirth), a soprano (first as "The Dying" and then as "The Dead") and another soprano, two mezzos, two tenors, and a bass, who play the various energies, demons, temptations, memories, and deities.
- The Tibetan Book Of The DeadThe Great Liberation Through HearingRicky Ian GordonLibretto by Jean-Claude Van ItalliePiano Reduction/Vocal ScorePerforming Ensemble: Voice with PianoInstrumentation: Voice, PianoItem Number: 411-41140Number of Pages: 190Duration: 1:37:00Publisher: Theodore Presser Co