February 10, 1934 | Metropolitan Opera
Merry Mount
Composer:Howard Hanson
Librettist:Richard L. Stokes
Puritan passions are aroused when a band of Cavaliers arrive and brazenly propose to establish an Empire of Jollity. Among the royalists is Lady Marigold Sandys, with whom Wrestling Bradford, the Puritan pastor, falls hopelessly in love. Marigold, however, is engaged to Sir Gower Lackland, and when Bradford is asked to perform the ceremony, he refuses. An Anglican priest marries the couple and the Cavaliers dance on Merry Mount. The Puritans break up the celebration with violence. The Indians also stage an uprising, and Bradford rescues Marigold by carrying her off to the forest. He pleads with Marigold to accept his love. Lackland, having followed them into the forest, fights with Bradford and is slain. In the final scene, the Puritan village is attacked and set aflame by the Indians, and Bradford and Marigold perish in the burning church.

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Musical Style
Rich orchestral texture, romantic, some modality; influenced by Debussy, Puccini, and Richard Strauss; dark lyricism

Vocal & Musical Forces
Large orchestra, wind machine, oriental percussion instruments, seventeen vocalists (four principals, 13 comprimari), large SATB chorus (adult and children), ballet

Original Cast
Göta Ljungberg (Lady Marigold Sandys)
Edward Johnson (Sir Gower Lackland)
Lawrence Tibbett (Wrestling Bradford)
Gladys Swarthout (Plentiful Tewke)
Alredo Gandolfi (Myles Brodrib)
Giordano Paltrinieri (Jonathan Banks)
Marek Windheim (Jack Prence)
Arnold Gabor (Faint-Not-Tinker)
Irra Petina (Desire Annable)
Louis D'Angelo (Praise-God Tewke)
Helen Gleason (Peregrine Brodrib)
Lillian Clark (Love Brewster)
George Cehanovsky (Thomas Morton)

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