An opera in three acts for orchestra, chorus and soloists
Music by Philip Glass. Libretto (Egyptian, Arcadian, Hebrew, and language of the audience) by the composer in association with Shalom Goldman, Robert Israel and Richard Riddell. Vocal text drawn from original sources by Shalom Goldman.
Published by Dunvagen Music Publishers.
4S, 4Mz, Ct, T, Bar, B; STAB Chorus; (ballet in Act II); 2(pic).2(obda 1+2).2.bcl.2/18.104.22.168/ 3 perc (tom-t, SD, BD, cym, finger cyms, t.bells, wdbl)/ syn, cel (1 player)/ str (no violins)
Comissioned by the Württembergisch Staatstheater, Stuttgart
March 24, 1984, Württembergisch Staatstheater Stuttgart conducted by Dennis Russell Davies
The third in the Glass’ trilogy of operas about men who changed the world in which they lived through the power of their ideas, “Akhnaten”‘s subject is religion. The Pharaoh Akhnaten was the first monotheist in recorded story, and his substitution of a one-god religion for the multi-god worship in use when he came to power was responsible for his violent overthrow. The opera describes the rise, reign, and fall of Akhnaten in a series of tableaus.
AVAILABLE SCORESAkhnaten at Wise Music Classical
Prelude from "Akhnaten" at Wise Music Classical
Dance from "Akhnaten" at Wise Music Classical
Hymn to the Sun from "Akhnaten" at Wise Music Classical
"Trilogy" Sonata for Piano at MusicRoom.com
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