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Stephen Paulus

The Postman Always Rings Twice

study score

opera in two acts (1982)
Text informationlibretto by Colin Graham
after the novel by James M. Cain
Duration120'
CommissionCommissioned by the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
PremiereJune 17, 1982 St. Louis, MO, Opera Theatre (USA) · Conductor: C. William Harwood · Staging: Colin Graham · Costumes: John Carver Sullivan · Stage design: John Conklin
RolesFrank Chambers · baritone - Nick Papadakis · tenor - Cora, his wife · soprano - Sacket, D.A. · bass - Katz, lawyer · tenor - Kennedy · actor - Cop · baritone
Instrumentation2(2.pic).1.1.asax.1-1.2.2.0-timp.2perc(tom-t, s.d, b.d, sus cym, tam-t, brake d, xyl, mar, tempbl, glsp, whip, tub bells, crot)-gtr.hp.pno-str(8.6.4.4.2)

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Program Note

The Postman Always Rings Twice is a steamy tale of sex, violence and betrayal in Southern California in the 1930’s. Set in a roadside tavern during the Great Depression, it is the story of a passionate affair between a handsome drifter and the tavern owner’s unhappy wife, who plot to murder her husband. James M. Cain called it ’a love story,’ but with lovers who ’wake up to discover that once they’ve pulled the thing off, no two people can share this terrible secret and live on the same earth; they turn against each other.’ (James M. Cain)

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Score and part (Digital)

Score and part (Print)

Conductor Score (Print)

Full Score/Violin Part (Print)

Full Score/Violin Part (Digital)

Piano reduction and solo part (Print)

Piano/Vocal Score (Print)

Piano/Vocal Score (Digital)

Video and instructions (Digital)

Study Score in Two Volumes (Print)

Score and Parts (Digital)
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Soprano/Alto Part (Print)

Full Score (Digital)
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Solo Instrument Score (Digital)
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Full Score/Performance Score (Digital)
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Score and Parts (Print)
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Solo Instrument Score (Print)
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Choral Score (Digital)
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Choral Score Set- 8 copies (Print)
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Vocal Score (Digital)

Vocal Score (Print)

Choral Score (Print)

Full Score and Solo Part (Print)
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Study Score (Print)

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