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John Harbison

DARKBLOOM: Overture for an Imagined Opera

From the Rental Library of G. Schirmer, Inc. Date of printing:

Associated Music Publishers, Inc. New York, NY


John Harbison

DARKBLOOM: Overture for an Imagined Opera

commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra James Levine, Music Director

Associated Music Publishers, Inc. New York, NY


Instrumentation 3 Flutes (3rd doubling Piccolo) 2 Oboes English Horn 3 Clarinets in B= (3rd doubling Bass Clarinet) 3Bassoons (3rd doubling Contrabassoon) 4 Horns in F 2 Trumpets in C 2 Trombones Tuba Timpani 3 Percussion 1. Marimba, Flexatone, Wind Chimes, Temple Blocks 2. Xylophone, Glockenspiel, Suspended Cymbal

3. Bass drum, Tom-toms, Bongos, Tambourine

Piano Harp Strings duration circa 7 minutes

Darkbloom: Overture for an Imagined Opera is what persists of an opera project I chose not to continue. Since material made for specific characters and situations has never been, for me, transferable, I am very fortunate to be able to collect up strands of the music in this overture, commissioned by the Boston Symphony for James Levine’s first season as Music Director. Vivian Darkbloom is just a secondary character in a famous and infamous American novel. I borrowed Darkbloom as a title because it affectively conjures up the mood of this overture. It serves as an emblem or anagram for the complex tragi-comic spirit of the story and its author. The overture begins with a theme, actually a weave of themes, associated with the male protagonist. Soon a long melody with simple accompaniment, allied with the young female lead, spins out until interrupted by a brief obsessive dramatic interlude, which concludes by alluding to the music of the opening. Then comes a short balletic scene, in which two young women play tennis, interrupted by laughter, and eventually invaded by the observing, controlling presence of the man. The opening music is then, for the only time, elaborated, until replaced by the long melody, attenuated, interrupted by the obsessive outburst again, eventually dissolving into a frail epiphany. I have no regrets about relinquishing the project. I no longer have interest in composing unproduceable operas. Nor do I have any difficulty in understanding why certain material, even in the realm of opera (which has harbored fratricide, patricide, incest and rape) is untenable on our present-day stages regardless of its artistic merit or its rendering. Though I regard my earlier engagement with this project as mis-guided, nevertheless I am as reluctant as any artist to part with good material and am grateful for the Boston Symphony’s invitation to write a short piece for its 2004-2005 season.

—John Harbison


DARKBLOOM: Overture for an Imagined Opera Andante, ansioso

John Harbison

= 54

1 2 Flute 3

1. Oboe

1 2

English Horn (English Horn)

3

1 2 Clarinet in B

(Bass Clarinet)

Bass Clarinet 3

2. 1 2 Bassoon

Contrabassoon

3 (Contrabassoon)

1 2 Horn in F

1. al sord. (brass) 2. al sord. (brass)

1. con sord. (brass)

3. con sord. (straight)

3. via sord.

3 4

Trumpet in C

1 2

Trombone

1 2

Tuba

Timpani

1

Percussion

2

3

Piano

E FGA B CD

Harp

Andante, ansioso

= 54

I

Violin II

Viola

Violoncello

pizz. Contrabass

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2 7 1 2 Fl. 3

a2 Ob.

ten.

1 2

E.H.

Cl. in B

1 2

B.Cl.

(2.) Bn.

1 2

Cbn. 2. con sord.

1. via sord. 1 2 Hn. in F

a2, senza sord.

ten. 4. al sord.

3 4

Tpt. in C

1 2

Tbn.

1 2

Tba.

Timp.

1

Perc.

2

3

Pno.

Hrp.

I Vn. II ten. Va.

Vc.

(pizz.) Cb.


3 13

a2

1 2 Fl. 3

(a2) Ob.

1 2

E.H.

Cl. in B

1 2

B.Cl.

Bn.

1.

1 2

Cbn.

(2.) 1 2 Hn. in F 3 4

Tpt. in C

1 2

Tbn.

1 2

Tba.

Timp.

1

Perc.

2

3

Pno.

Hrp.

I Vn. II

Va.

Vc.

Cb.

4., con sord.

via sord.


4 19

ten.

ten.

ten.

ten.

ten.

ten.

ten.

ten.

a2

1 2 Fl. 3 (a2) Ob.

ten.

1 2

E.H.

a2 Cl. in B

1 2

B.Cl. (1.) Bn.

1 2

Cbn.

(2., con sord.)

ten.

via sord.

1 2 Hn. in F 3 4 1. Tpt. in C

1 2

Tbn.

1 2

ten.

Tba.

Timp.

1

Perc.

2

3

Pno.

Hrp.

I

Vn. II ten. Va.

Vc.

Cb.

ten.


5 deliberato

25 1 2 Fl. 3

Ob.

1 2 cresc.

cresc.

cresc.

cresc.

cresc.

cresc.

cresc.

cresc.

cresc.

E.H.

Cl. in B

1 2 (2.) sost.

B.Cl.

(1.)sost. Bn.

1 2 cresc.

cresc.

cresc.

Cbn. cresc.

cresc.

cresc.

1 2 Hn. in F 3 4

Tpt. in C

1 2

Tbn.

1 2

Tba.

Timp.

1

Perc.

2

3

Pno.

Hrp.

deliberato I accomp.

Vn. II accomp. Va.

Vc. accomp.

Cb.


6 Con anima 32

a2

= 80

=

1 2 Fl. 3

Ob.

1 2 (cresc.)

E.H.

Cl. in B

1 2 (cresc.)

to Clarinet B.Cl. (cresc.)

Bn.

1 2 (cresc.)

Cbn.

(cresc.)

Hn. in F

1 2

3 4

Tpt. in C

1 2

Tbn.

1 2

Tba.

Timp.

1

Perc.

2

3

Pno.

Hrp.

Con anima = I Vn. II

Va.

Vc.

Cb.

= 80


7 38 1 2 Fl. 3

Ob.

1 2

E.H.

1 2 Cl. in B 3

Bn.

1 2

Cbn.

1 2 Hn. in F 3 4

Tpt. in C

1 2

Tbn.

1 2

Tba.

Timp.

1

Perc.

2

3

Pno.

Hrp.

I Vn. II

Va.

Vc.

Cb.


8 44

(a2)

1 2

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

Fl. 3 3

Ob.

1 2

E.H.

1 2 Cl. in B 3

Bn.

1 2

Cbn.

1 2 Hn. in F 3 4

Tpt. in C

1 2

Tbn.

1 2

Tba.

Timp.

1

Perc.

2

3

Pno.

Hrp.

I 3

Vn. II 3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

Va. 3

Vc.

Cb.

3

3

3

3


9 50

(a2) 3

1 2 Fl. 3

3

Ob.

1 2

E.H.

1 2 Cl. in B 3

Bn.

1 2

Cbn.

1 2 Hn. in F 3 4

Tpt. in C

1 2

Tbn.

1 2

Tba.

Timp.

Mar.

3

1

Perc.

2

3

Pno.

Hrp.

3

I

Vn. II 3

3

Va. 3 3

Vc.

Cb.


10 55

Subito pi첫 mosso

(a2) 3

= 108

1 2 3

Fl.

3

3 3

Ob.

1 2 3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

E.H.

1 2 Cl. in B 3

Bn.

1 2

Cbn.

a2, senza sord. 1 2 Hn. in F

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3 4

Tpt. in C

Tbn.

1 2

1 2

Tba.

Timp. 3 3

3

secco

3

3

3

3

1 3

Perc.

2

3

Pno.

Hrp.

Subito pi첫 mosso 3

I 3

Vn. II 3

3

3

3

3

Va. 3

Vc.

Cb.

= 108

3

3

3

3


11 3

60

Allegro subito ( = 80) =

1 2 Fl. 3

Ob.

1 2 3

E.H. 3

1 2 Cl. in B 3

Bn.

1 2 3

Cbn.

(a2)

(open)

1 2 Hn. in F

3

3

a2 3 4

Tpt. in C

1. to straight mute 2. to Harmon mute, stem removed

1 2

3

chuisi

3

Tbn.

1 2 3

Tba.

Timp. 3

3

3

3

3

3

3

dim.

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

(Mar.)

1

Xyl. Perc.

3

3

3

3

3

2 cresc. 3

3

Pno.

staccatiss., cresc.

3

3

3

3

Hrp.

3

Allegro subito ( = 80) =

I Vn. II

Va.

Vc.

Cb.

3


12 pressando

66 1 2 Fl. 3

Ob.

1 2

E.H.

1 2 Cl. in B 3

Bn.

1 2

Cbn.

(a2) 1 2 Hn. in F

(a2)

3

3

3

3

3

3

cuivré

3 4 1., with straight mute

cuivré Tpt. in C

1 2 secco

Tbn.

1 2

Tba.

Timp.

(Mar.)

3

3

3

1 (Xyl.) Perc.

2 Tom-toms 3

Pno.

Hrp.

pressando I Vn. II

Va.

Vc.

Cb.


13 Pi첫 animato

73

= 95

1 2 Fl. 3

Ob.

1 2

E.H.

1 2 Cl. in B

Clarinet in B 3

Bn.

1 2

Cbn.

1 2 Hn. in F

3

3 4 3

(1.) Tpt. in C

1 2 secco 2., with Harmon mute, stem out

Tbn.

1 2

Tba.

Timp.

3

1

Perc.

2 Tamb. 3

Pno.

Hrp.

Pi첫 animato

= 95

pizz. I Vn.

pizz. II

pizz. Va.

pizz. Vc. (pizz.) Cb.


14 79

a2

1 2 Fl. 3 a2 Ob.

1 2

E.H. a2 1 2 Cl. in B 3 a2 Bn.

1 2

Cbn.

Hn. in F

1 2

3 4

Tpt. in C

1 2

Tbn.

1 2

Tba.

Timp.

1 (Xyl.) Perc.

2

(Tamb.) 3

Pno.

Hrp.

(pizz.)

I Vn.

(pizz.) II (pizz.)

Va. (pizz.) Vc. (pizz.) Cb.


15 L’istesso tempo 85

= 63

=

1 2 Fl. 3

Ob.

1 2

E.H.

1 2 Cl. in B 3

Bn.

1 2

Cbn.

1., open 1 2 Hn. in F 3 4 1. to Harmon mute Tpt. in C

1 2

Tbn.

1 2

a2, to cup mute

to mute Tba.

Timp. Mar. 1

(Xyl.) Perc.

2

B.D. 3

Pno.

Hrp.

L’istesso tempo arco I Vn.

arco II arco

Va. arco Vc.

Cb.

=

= 63


16 = 58 poco rit.

calmando

91

=

1 2 Fl. 3 2. Ob.

1 2

E.H.

1 2 Cl. in B 3

Bn.

1 2

Cbn.

(1.)

2., open

a2, al sord.

1 2 Hn. in F

3.

4.

3 4 chiuiso Tpt. in C

1 2

Tbn.

1 2

chiuiso

Tba.

Timp. (Mar.) 1

Perc.

2

3

Pno.

dim.

E F G A B C D

Hrp.

= 58 poco rit.

calmando = I

dim.

Vn. II

dim. Va. dim. Vc.

dim. (pizz.) Cb. dim.


17 Ballando, leggero

= 54

animando

97 1 2 Fl.

cresc. 3 cresc.

Ob.

1 2 cresc.

E.H. cresc. 1 2 Cl. in B

cresc. 3 cresc.

Bn.

1 2 sonoro

cresc.

sonoro

cresc.

Cbn.

Hn. in F

1 2

3 4 Tpt. in C

1 2 with cup mute

4

4

Tbn.

1 2 leggero with mute 4

4

Tba.

leggero coperto 4

4

4

Timp. dim. Flexatone 1

Sus. Cym. Perc.

2

Bongos 3 cresc.

Pno.

l.v. (lunga)

Hrp.

Ballando, leggero

= 54

animando

gl. I cresc.

(dim.)

Vn.

gl. II cresc. (dim.) Va. gl. (dim.)

sul C

cresc.

gl.

Vc. gl. (dim.)

cresc. arco

Cb. sonoro

cresc.


18 Pi첫 mosso

102

= 63

calmando

1 2 (cresc.)

Fl. 3

2.

(cresc.) Ob.

1 2 (cresc.)

E.H. (cresc.) a2 1 2 Cl. in B

(cresc.)

ridente

3 (cresc.)

Bn.

1 2 (cresc.)

Cbn. (cresc.) con sord. 1 2 Hn. in F

ridente 3 4 with Harmon mutes

Tpt. in C

1 2 (with mute (cup))

ridente

Tbn.

4

4

1 2 (with mute)

dim.

4

4

Tba. dim. 4

4

Timp. dim.

T.Blk. 1

Glock. Perc.

2

3 (cresc.)

Pno.

dim.

Hrp.

Pi첫 mosso

= 63

calmando

I (cresc.)

Vn.

dim.

II (cresc.)

dim.

Va. (cresc.) dim. Vc. (cresc.) pizz.

dim.

Cb. (cresc.)

dim.


19 Ballando 108 1 2 Fl. 3 cresc. Ob.

1 2 cresc.

E.H. cresc. 1 2 Cl. in B

cresc. 3 cresc.

Bn.

1 2 sonoro

cresc.

sonoro

cresc.

Cbn.

Hn. in F

1 2

3 4

Tpt. in C

1 2

Tbn.

1 2 (dim.)

4

4

4

4

Tba. (dim.) 4

4

Timp. (dim.) Flex. 1

Sus. Cym. Perc.

2

Bongos 3

Pno.

l.v..

Hrp.

Ballando gl. I (dim.)

Vn.

gl. II cresc. (dim.) Va. gl. (dim.)

sul C

cresc.

gl.

Vc. gl. (dim.)

arco

Cb. sonoro

cresc.


20 112

Pi첫 mosso

animando

= 63

calmando

1 2 cresc.

Fl. 3

(cresc.) Ob.

2.

1 2 (cresc.)

E.H. (cresc.) a2 1 2 Cl. in B

(cresc.)

ridente

3 (cresc.)

Bn.

1 2 (cresc.)

Cbn. (cresc.) (con sord.) 1 2 Hn. in F

ridente 3 4 (Harmon mutes)

Tpt. in C

remove mutes

1 2 ridente

4

(with mute) Tbn.

1 2 (with mute)

4

Tba.

(coperto) Timp.

T.Blk. 1 Glock. Perc.

2 (Bongos) 3 cresc.

Pno.

Hrp.

animando

Pi첫 mosso

= 63

calmando

I cresc.

Vn. II

(cresc.) Va. (cresc.) Vc. cresc. pizz. Cb. (cresc.)

4


21 117 1 2 cresc.

Fl. 3

cresc. Ob.

1 2 cresc.

E.H. cresc. 1 2 Cl. in B

cresc. 3 cresc.

Bn.

1 2 cresc.

Cbn. cresc.

1 2 Hn. in F 3 4

Tpt. in C

1 2 4

remove cup mute, to straight mute Tbn.

1 2 4

Tba.

4

ord.

Timp. Flex. 1

Perc.

2 Bongos 3

Pno.

Hrp.

l.v.

I cresc.

Vn. II

cresc.

Va. cresc.

Vc. cresc. arco Cb. cresc.


22 122 1 2 (cresc.)

Fl.

cresc.

3

Ob.

(cresc.)

cresc.

(cresc.)

cresc.

1 2

E.H. (cresc.)

cresc.

(cresc.)

cresc.

1 2 Cl. in B 3

Bn.

(cresc.)

cresc.

(cresc.)

cresc.

(cresc.)

cresc.

1 2

Cbn.

1 2 Hn. in F 3 4

Tpt. in C

1 2

Tbn.

1 2

Tba.

Timp.

1

Perc.

2 (Bongos) 3 cresc.

Pno.

Hrp.

I cresc.

(cresc.)

Vn. II

(cresc.)

cresc.

(cresc.)

cresc.

Va.

Vc. (cresc.)

cresc. div.

Cb. (cresc.)

cresc.


23 127

a2

1 2 Fl. 3 a2 Ob.

1 2

E.H.

a2 1 2 Cl. in B

to Bass Clarinet 3

Bn.

1 2

Cbn.

a2, con sord. 1 2 Hn. in F

a2, con sord. (glass) 3 4

Tpt. in C

1 2

Tbn.

1 2

with straight mutes

accomp. Tba.

Timp.

1

Glock. Perc.

2 dolce

3

Pno.

Hrp.

I Vn. II

Va.

Vc.

Cb.


24 132 1 2 Fl. 3

Ob.

1 2

to Oboe E.H.

Cl. in B

1 2

B.Cl.

Bn.

1 2

Cbn. cresc. (a2, con sord.) 1 2 Hn. in F

(a2, con sord.) 3 4

Tpt. in C

1 2 (with mute)

Tbn.

1 2

Tba.

Timp.

1

Perc.

2

3

Pno.

Hrp.

I Vn. II

Va.

Vc.

(div.)

unis.

Cb. cresc.


25 137

animando

pi첫 mosso

rit.

1 2 Fl. 3

1 2 Ob. 3

Cl. in B

1 2

B.Cl.

Bn.

1 2 to Bassoon

Cbn.

via sord. 1 2 Hn. in F

via sord. 3 4 a2, open

Tpt. in C

1 2

Tbn.

1 2

(with mute)

remove mutes

(with mute)

remove mute

Tba.

Timp.

1

Perc.

2

3

Pno.

Hrp.

animando I Vn. II

Va.

Vc.

Cb.

pi첫 mosso

rit.


26 A tempo primo

= 54

142

a2

1 2

4

Fl. 3

a2 1 2 Ob. 3

a2 Cl. in B

1 2

4

cresc.

Bass Clarinet

B.Cl.

a2

5

1 2 3

Bn.

cresc.

Bassoon

3

a2, senza sord. 1 2 Hn. in F

a2, senza sord. 3 4

Tpt. in C

1 2

Tbn.

1 2

4

Tba.

Timp.

1

Perc.

2

3

Pno.

Hrp.

A tempo primo

= 54

I 4

Vn. II 4 4

Va. 5

Vc. 3

Cb.


27 147 1 2

5

3

dim.

Fl. 3

1 2 4

dim.

Ob. 3

Cl. in B

1 2

5

3

dim. B.Cl. dim. 1 2 dim.

Bn. 3

dim.

1 2

4

Hn. in F

dim. a2 3 4

Tpt. in C

1 2

Tbn.

1 2

Tba.

Timp.

1

Perc.

2

3

Pno.

Hrp.

I

5

3

dim.

Vn. II

5

3

dim.

Va.

4

dim.

Vc. dim. Cb.


28 con anima 152

(a2)

=

1 2 cresc.

Fl. 3

(a2) 1 2 Ob.

cresc. 3

(a2) Cl. in B

1 2 cresc.

B.Cl. cresc. (a2) 1 2 cresc.

Bn. 3

cresc. (a2) 1 2 Hn. in F

cresc. (a2) 3 4 cresc. a2, to straight mute

Tpt. in C

1 2 cresc. without mute

Tbn.

1 2 without mute

cresc.

Tba. cresc.

Timp. cresc. 1

Perc.

2

3

Pno.

Hrp.

con anima 1 solo I cresc.

Vn. II

cresc.

Va. cresc. Vc. cresc. Cb. cresc.

=


29 158 1 2 Fl. 3

1 2 Ob. 3

Cl. in B

1 2

B.Cl.

1 2 Bn. 3

1 2 Hn. in F 3 4

Tpt. in C

1 2

Tbn.

1 2

Tba.

Timp.

1

Perc.

2

3

Pno.

Hrp.

(1 solo) I

Vn.

1 solo II

1 sola Va. 1 solo

Vc. 1 solo Cb.


30 Allegro subito, brutale 165

= 80

a2

(a2)

1 2

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

Fl. 3

a2

3

(a2)

1 2

3

Ob.

Oboe 3

a2 Cl. in B

3

(a2)

1 2

3

B.Cl.

1 2 Bn. 3

a2 1 2 Hn. in F

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

a2 3 4 with mute

Tpt. in C

1 2

Tbn.

1 2

a2

Tba.

Timp.

Mar.

3

3

3

3

3

1

Xyl. Perc.

2

T.-t. 3

Pno.

Hrp.

Allegro subito, brutale tutti, div.

= 80 unis.

I

Vn.

tutti, div. II

tutte, div.

3

unis. 3

unis.

Va. 3

tutti Vc.

tutti, div. Cb.


31 170

Con anima = 80

3

1 2

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

Fl. 3

to Piccolo

3 3 3

1 2 3

Ob.

3

to English Horn

3 3

Cl. in B

1 2

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3 3

3 3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

B.Cl.

a2 1 2 3

3

Bn.

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

1 2 Hn. in F

3

3

3

3

3

3

3 4

Tpt. in C

1 2

Tbn.

1 2

a2

3

frullato

Tba.

Timp.

3

3

3

3

3

3

1

Perc.

2

3

Pno.

EFG A B C D

Hrp.

3

3

3

3

3

I

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

Vn.

3

3

3

3

3

II

3

3

3

3

3

3

3 3

Va.

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

Vc. 3

Cb.

Con anima = 80

3 3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3


32 175

=

Picc.

Fl.

1 2

Ob.

1 2

1., solo

E.H.

Cl. in B

1 2

B.Cl.

1 2 Bn. 3

1 2 Hn. in F 3 4

Tpt. in C

1 2

Tbn.

1 2

Tba.

Timp.

Mar. 1

Xyl. Perc.

2

3

Pno.

col.

Hrp.

l.v.

E G

G

G

E

= I Vn. II

Va.

Vc.

Cb.


33 181

Piccolo

Picc.

Fl.

1 2

Ob.

1 2

English Horn E.H.

Cl. in B

1 2

B.Cl.

1 2 Bn. 3

1 2 Hn. in F 3 4

Tpt. in C

1 2

Tbn.

1 2

Tba.

Timp.

1

Perc.

2

3

Pno.

Hrp.

I Vn. II

Va.

div. a2, pizz. Vc.

div. a2, pizz. Cb.


34 animato

lunga

187 Picc.

Fl.

1 2 (1.)

Ob.

1 2

E.H.

Cl. in B

1 2

B.Cl.

1 2 Bn. 3

1 2 Hn. in F 3 4

Tpt. in C

1 2

Tbn.

1 2

Tba.

Timp. Wind Chimes 1 3

Glock. Perc.

2 l.v. sempre

3 8va

Pno.

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

8va

Hrp.

animato I Vn. II

Va.

Vc.

Cb.

lunga


Harbison DARKBLOOM  

Orchestra; score; Associated Music Publishers; musicsalesclassical.com; 24153

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