Musical tragedy in two acts after Alan Paton's novel Cry, the Beloved
Book and lyrics by Maxwell Anderson.
Sketch of backdrop for Broadway production, 1949.
Stephen Kumalo, a black umfundisi (minister), lives in
rural South Africa; his children have moved to Johannesburg. His brother
sends him a letter which suggests that his son Absalom is in trouble. Kumalo
goes to Johannesburg and learns, after some investigating, Absalom is accused
of murdering a white man; not just any white man, but one who advocated
greater freedom for black South Africans. Absalom confesses and is sentenced
to death, leaving his pregnant wife behind. Reverend Kumalo meets with
the father of the murder victim and is able to effect a reconciliation
at the end of the play.
1. The hills of Ixopo
2. Thousands of miles
3. Train to Johannesburg
4. Little tin god
5. The search
6. Little gray house
7. Who'll buy?
8. Trouble man
9. Murder in Parkwold
11. Lost in the stars
12. The wild justice
13. O Tixo, Tixo, help me
14. Stay well
15. Cry, the beloved country
16. Big mole
17. A bird of passage
18. Four o'clock
LP Decca DL 79120
CD MCA 10302
CD Decca 10402
Original Broadway Cast 1949
Todd Duncan, Herbert Coleman, Sheila Guyse, Inez Matthews,
Julian Mayfield, Frank Roane, Guy Spaull
Maurice Levine, cond.
|Hills of Ixopo
Thousands of Miles
Train to Johannesburg / Reprise: Thousands of Miles / The Search
Little Gray House
Who'll Buy / Trouble Man
Murder in Parkwold / Fear
Lost in the Stars
O Tixo, Tixo, Help Me
Cry, the Beloved Country
Big Mole / Chapel Scene
Bird of Passage / Reprise: Thousands of Miles
|LP Word CS-5117||Mississippi Cast 1968
MusicMasters Classics CD
MUSICAL HERITAGE SOCIETY
NIMBUS NI 2543
Studio Cast 1992
Arthur Woodley, Gregory Hopkins, Cynthia Clarey, Carol Woods,
Jamal Howard, Reginald Pindell, Richard Vogt
Orchestra of St. Luke's,
Concert Chorale of New York,
Julius Rudel, cond.
Concert suite from Lost in the Stars arranged by David Drew (1988)
for mezzo-soprano, tenor, white and black choruses, SATB, and instrumental ensemble.
The Hills of Ixopo
Train to Johannesburg
Murder in Parkwold
Cry, the Beloved Country
The Wild Justice
Vigil and Hymn -- A Bird of Passage
Orchestra: Reed 1 (cl, alto sax, fl), Reed 2 (cl,
ten. sax, ob, Eng hn,) Reed 3 (cl, bass cl, alto sax); 1 tpt; piano (accordion)
harp, timp and perc; 2 viola, 2 cello, 1 bass.
Duration: 35 minutes of music
First performance: October 9, 1988, New York, Carnegie Hall, Milagro Vargas, Damon Evans, vocalists, American Composers' Orchestra, Dennis Russell Davies, cond.