The
Legend
Opera
Adaptation
The
Music
The
Libretto
The
Humor
Historical
Research
Robert
Milne
From the
Maestros

 


The lyrics to this opera are all original, written by Robert Milne. When asked whether he wrote the music or lyrics first, he answered, "Both at the same time." Amazingly, when he was asked to produce a lyric book, we learned there was no lyric book in existence. He'd written (put down on paper, actually) the entire orchestrated score, complete with lyrics, 2.5 hours long - the entire thing was in his head. Examples of the lyrics above demonstrate the great sensitivity of which he is capable. He never sat at a piano to compose any of this. 

Mr. Milne's wife, Linda, describes long concert tours: he simply "became quiet" while driving their small motor home through, say, the mountains of Montana. That night, or the next morning, he'd enter a new aria or choral piece, complete with lyrics and orchestration, into his laptop while still seated at the wheel in a Walmart parking lot, or while sipping coffee in McDonald's. He wrote the whole thing in slightly over one year, never letting up from his busy schedule of 200 performances during that time.


The Humor

Mr. Milne believes that music should be fun, something that everyone enjoys, and this includes the people who are performing it. Therefore, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" is filled with humorous asides and comical situations. Ichabod Crane, the learned "musikante" at large in Sleepy Hollow is constantly railing at all from a musical standpoint.

Crane, during a singing lesson:

Vandersteen! Try not to sound so much like a blacksmith!

Vandersteen:

But I am a blacksmith!

Or consider the entrance of Brom Bones and the Rough Riders as they come crashing into the picnic from the woods during the singing of the prayer. Chaos ensues, of course. When the riders eventually are allowed to go sit at tables, they "ride" to their places singing,

The turkey looks good, as only it should,
To come to your table we rode through the woods.
Hurrah, hur - hey diddle - rah!

The humor in this opera stops abruptly when Ichabod Crane turns around in the woods to see who is in back of him.

Who ARE you?!!


The
Legend
Opera
Adaptation
The
Music
The
Libretto
The
Humor
Historical
Research
Robert
Milne
From the
Maestros

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