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Cecil B.DeMille's Ten Commandments is about 60 years old. I was thinking it could use an update in the form of an opera. It is nearly four hours of epic cataclysm, strife, and disaster, a little heavy for opera, though there are operas in the tragic mode. My version will attempt to tell the story in a more optimistic light, with some humor. DeMille's epic dives right into the Israelite's bondage in Egypt. I begin with the birth of Moses, a funny tale, the stuff of which opera is made.

The opening recitative is the evil pharaoh, Ramses I, decreeing that all Israelite babies boys must be thrown into the Nile. We'll skip that and begin with Jochebed, Moses's mother's aria, Act I Scene 1. I'm hopeful that this story can be told in under three hours.

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Fictional babies in rivers always get the audience on side.

Anyway I'm sure Lawrence would prefer comments on his music and after receiving so many on your own profligate posts Saul, perhaps it is time try it yourself.

I think this would be successful live Lawrence. I had to stretch my imagination for the vocals of course but the presentation is good enough. I feel you could improve the clarity of your score by condensing and avoiding collisions though. Bar numbers are often obscured and lyrics infringed by dynamics. Horns and oboes could generally occupy one staff moving to two if needed.

Funny, probably isn't the right word.  It is ironic that the daughter of the pharaoh saves a Hebrew baby.  It's whimsical that Miriam tricks the princess into choosing a nurse maid that is actually the child"s mother.  So in the end the scene has a happy ending.


 Saul Dzorelashvili said:

I begin with the birth of Moses, a funny tale ".

What is funny about the birth of Moses?

I have stage directions at the top of the score, but they are hard to see in the pdf.  For some strange reason dynamic markings and typed in words, not lyrics, move around in the score with this version of Finale.  They don't stay where I put them.  There would be additional info in the program, such as, Jochebed, mother of Moses, Mirium, sister of Moses, Bethiah, daughter of Pharaoh.  Maybe I can get the pdf to print larger.  Thanks for listening.
 

I've used the same score for so long It would kill me to change it.  I use two lines for flutes, oboes, clarinets and violins so I can easily transfer lines to hear parts with different instruments.
 
Charles Holt said:

Fictional babies in rivers always get the audience on side.

Anyway I'm sure Lawrence would prefer comments on his music and after receiving so many on your own profligate posts Saul, perhaps it is time try it yourself.

I think this would be successful live Lawrence. I had to stretch my imagination for the vocals of course but the presentation is good enough. I feel you could improve the clarity of your score by condensing and avoiding collisions though. Bar numbers are often obscured and lyrics infringed by dynamics. Horns and oboes could generally occupy one staff moving to two if needed.

Charles,

I just realized I posted an earlier version of the score without the stage directions.  So I've changed the score pdf to the latest version that makes more sense.  Thanks for the heads up.

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