The Mirror

an operatic sketch

Paul Alan Barker

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an operatic sketch

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Composer Paul Alan Barker
Year of Composition 2015
Duration -

Instrumentation Bass-Baritone, Soprano, Clarinet In Bb, Bassoon, Trumpet In Bb, Violin, Viola, Violoncello, Piano, Percussion
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Catalogue ID ce-pab1tm1


The Mirror is inspired by Chapter 58 of Dumas’s novel, The Count of Monte Christo. Monsieur Noirtier, once a man of great power over others, now spends every day in a wheelchair in front of a mirror, in which he can see his entire apartment. An early description of “locked-in syndrome”, he communicates only with his grand-daughter, Valentine, who has had the patience to learn how to interpret his eye-movements, which are the only part of his body he is now able to control.