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Hayden Wayne

Hayden Wayne (born 3/2/49) (composer/librettist) may be one of the first in his generation to take the rare route through pop/rock music's highest levels to achieve a firm synthesis of these ideals with classical traditions.

NEON (a street opera) Acts 1 & 2

chamber orchestra score

NEON (a street opera) is theatre noir. In the metaphysical sense ... out of the darkness a blade of grass pushes up through the concrete. In the literal, it is simply: Terry, a young saxophone player working the streets for tips to survive, meets Evie, a spunky young runaway from Houston. They are mutually attracted to each other but she soon finds herself wooed by the Barker’s incantations. He was a former lover and Evie slips into the darker side of life in order to protect Terry from him. Frustrated and hurting, Terry continues playing on the street until he successfully auditions for a band that is about to record and tour. His newly acquired success finds him back in the city, ironically, playing in a very posh room of a super modern hotel not too far from where he used to play for tips on the street. He is haunted by the memory of Evie and searches for her. Finding her, he offers her a way out. But her insecurity about what she has become in her own eyes is too much and in a vulnerable moment overdoses on heroin and dies in Terry’s arms. INSTRUMENTATION 26 personnel CONDUCTOR/piano/synthesizer Yamaha DX7 2 (program bank #2 cartridge #21) for electric organ, (program “A” bank internal #5) for Tynes Rhodes KEYBOARD #2 (synthesizer Proteus 1 for string augmentation (program #001), guitar mutes (program #173), marimba (program #180), vibraphone (program #12), Proteus 2 for concert organ (program #063) and KORG M3R for distorted guitar (fretted instrument card program #00) and Roland 8 for sound effects (program sound effects card SN-R8-03) WOODWIND #1: Alto saxophone, Bb Clarinet, Flute WOODWIND #2: Alto saxophone, Bb Clarinet, Flute, Oboe, English horn WOODWIND #3: Tenor saxophone, Bb Clarinet, Flute WOODWIND #4: Baritone saxophone, Bass clarinet, Flute Horns 1 & 2 Trumpets 1 & 2 Tenor Trombone Tuba Percussion #1: trap set including high, medium and low suspended crash cymbals, ride cymbal, hi hat, snare, high, medium and low tom toms, kick Percussion #2: concert crash cymbals, glockenspiel, tubular bell (“A flat”), guiro, high, medium and low conga, sand blocks, Proteus 1 synthesizer (program #077) for steel drums 1st Violins 1, 2, & 3 2nd Violins 1, 2, & 3 Violas 1 & 2 Celli 1 & 2 Basses 1 & 2 (#2 also doubling on Fender type electric bass


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