Moses und Aron
Sat Jul 2, 2005 1:36 pm
We had to wait for the composer to die to get access to the score. He kept thinking one day he would get around to “finishing” it (the libretto has three acts, not two). But he never could finish it and after he died it was performed without the third act or with the third act in spoken dialogue. Having heard both versions, I think the two-act version is far superior. I think the reason he could never complete the third act is that is not only unnecessary but diminishes the impact of the first two acts. It is far better with just the two acts and a rather ambivalent ending.