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Robert Ashley

Music and Libretto by Robert Ashley
Singers: Kayleigh Butcher, Bonnie Lander, Brian McCorkle, Paul Pinto
Music Director: Tom Hamilton


Robert Ashley's NOW ELEANOR'S IDEA is a quartet of short operas based on the notion of a sequence of events seen from four, different points of view. At the same time, each opera is an allegory, like Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, for an individual's self-realization within the context of a major religion found in the United States. Improvement takes its imagery and plot from Judaism, Foreign Experiences from Pentecostal Evangelism, eL/Aficionado from Corporate Mysticism, and Now Eleanor's Idea from (Spanish) Catholicism.

The inspiration for these works came specifically from four sources: the work of the historian, Frances A. Yates (1900-1983), whose specialty of interests included the influence of Kabbalistic mysticism on the birth of modernism and scientific philosophy in Italy in the 16th century (as a result of the expulsion of Jews from Spain during the Inquisition); the writings of Carlos Castaneda (and the arguments about him as a writer and about the intentions of his work); Low Rider Magazine, the fan-cult magazine of the Low Rider movement in the Southwestern United States; and finally, corporate vocabulary, what it sounds like and how it is used in popular publications, like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal or Fortune Magazine.

1. Personal(18:06)
2. My Brother Called (a)(18:00)
3. My Brother Called (b) (18:00)
4. A Simple Border Crossing (18:16)
5. My Brother Called (c) (18:16)
6. My Brother Called (d) (18:16)
7. An Answer Is Expected(18:16)
8. My Brother Called (e)(18:16)
9. Viva's Boy(18:16)
10. My Brother Called (f) (18:16)

CD 5004
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