Rehearsals for the concert performance of King Oedipus, for Speaker, Chorus, and Orchestra, at the Whitney Museum in New York.

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 3104 AB/ARCH/F/1/19
  • Former Reference
      GB 3104 5.8; F1 (AB.P.4.2); F2 (AB.P.4.1); F3 (AB.P.4.73); F4 (AB.P.4.154); F7 (AB.P.4.56); F8 (AB.P.4.57)
  • Dates of Creation
  • Physical Description
      7 photographic prints. Dimensions (inches): 10x8. [Black and white]

Scope and Content

Images include:

1) Burgess sitting next to Stanley Silverman, studying the score and published script of Oedipus the King [1 photograph];

2) Burgess rehearsing with musicians and chorus [5 photographs];

3) Burgess's face superimposed on top of Silverman's score [1 photograph].

Photographer: Leonard SPEIER.

Administrative / Biographical History

Michael Langham, Artistic Director at the Tyrone Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota commissioned Burgess to write a new English translation of Sophocles' play, Oedipus the King, in 1972. The production opened at the Guthrie Theater on 24 October 1972, with text adapted by Burgess and a score by Stanley Silverman. After Oedipus the King opened, Burgess and Silverman adapted the script and music for concert performance as King Oedipus, for Speaker, Chorus, and Orchestra. The cantata was presented on 16 May 1973 at the Whitney Museum in New York, with Burgess narrating.