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THOMAS, Augusta Read b. 1964
Sweet Potato Kicks the Sun. An Opera for All Ages. For Small Ensemble and Special Guest Artist. Libretto by Leslie Dunton-Downer. Autograph map of form with sketches
Large oblong folio (483 x 1499 mm; 19" x 59"); two sheets taped together to make one large leaf. Executed in brightly colored inks on beige paper. Incorporating several images of buildings, etc., laid down. Map of form depicts the progression of the opera along a timeline stretched horizontally across the lower half of the page, numbered from 0 to 72', the opera concluding around 58.' Immediately below timeline, text regarding "Famous B.B. [beatboxing] Solo Show" and duration related to scenic development. Along the timeline, named sectional "arcs" define scenic changes, e.g., "Arc 1 Rooftop Garden," "Arc 5 Cellar," etc. Mostly above scenic arcs and comprising the balance of the page is a pictorial/graphic representation of the story progression including colorful drawings of scene settings along a linear path representing the main character's journey and written descriptions of musical character and tone. Along the upper margin a horizontal line in pink titled "The illusion line" with sharp peaks and dips, dots, squiggles, and arrows extending both above and below the line corresponding to specific moments in the work. At the right edge of the timeline, following the opera's conclusion, a green sticky note laid down with "Still have some wiggle-room vis time." Together with scenic arcs map and sketch map of form. Oblong folios (ca. 280 x 430 mm). Both executed in black and bright multi-coloured inks. Scenic arcs map illustrates the relationships among parallel scenes through colour-coded arcs that connect related portions of the work, the ends of each arc marked with the s … [Click Below for Full Description]

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