A to Z: Qu

Well, you gotta do what you gotta do when you get to Q. I don’t know anything about this composer at all. Not a thing. His Wikipedia page indicates that he was born and studied in China and eventually emigrated to the United States, where he continues to compose. That’s all I know.

So obviously, I’ve never heard this piece before. It’s in two parts (because of YouTube length restrictions), and I don’t think it’s complete, but it’s interesting enough that I don’t care: a short opera called The Death of Oedipus. And it’s fascinating. I’d love to see this staging live, with the stylized acting using masks on the singers. Wow. I love finding works like this! Back in college, the music department had a thing called “Opera Workshop”, in which the vocal majors would learn and perform works like this. I’ve never much thought about the world of short opera since then. I wonder why that is?

Anyway, here is The Death of Oedipus.

Tomorrow: R. So many directions I could go…but probably back to Mother Russia.

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5 Responses to A to Z: Qu

  1. Unknown says:

    I really thought you would struggle with Q, but you came up with the goods! Congratulations.

  2. Thee Earl of obvious says:


    Please explain in some kind of detail your disdain for baroque.

  3. Kelly Sedinger says:

    I refer the Honorable Gentleman to the 'A' post in this series.

  4. Thee Earl of Obvious says:

    My embarrassment is surpassed only by the shame that my lack of diligence has brought to my shire.

  5. Roger Owen Green says:

    I admire your adventurousness.

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