Works Stage The Lark (French and Latin choruses) (1955)

Background

Jean Anouilh's 1952 play, The Lark, is based on the trial and execution of Joan of Arc. An English adaptation was made by Lillian Hellman, and Bernstein composed incidental music for the accompaniment. The music now exists in an arrangement for mixed choir or a septet of solo voices.

Awards

10th Annual Tony Awards (1956)
*Distinguished Dramatic Actress (Julie Harris)
Distinguished Dramatic Actor (Boris Karloff)
Outstanding Director (Joseph Anthony)
Costume Designer (Alvin Colt)

(*Indicates a win)

Related Works
Missa Brevis

Details

(1955) 11 min
Text
Medieval French folk songs (French choruses); Roman Mass (Latin choruses)
Broadway Opening:
November 17, 1955. Longacre Theatre, New York, NY, United States | Joseph Anthony, director / New York Pro Musica Antiqua / Noah Greenberg, conductor
Scoring
for unaccompanied mixed choir or septet of solo voices (SSMTTBB) and percussion ad libitum
Version Notes
Incidental Music to the play by Jean Anouilh

Purchasing Licensing Information

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Media

Original Program from The Lark, 1955
Produced by Kermit Bloomgarden, 1955 Produced by Kermit Bloomgarden, 1955

First page of the French Choruses,

Joan of Arc by Jules Bastien-Lepage, 1879
The Metropolitan Museum of Art The Metropolitan Museum of Art