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Mother Courage

for SATB

Text by Bertolt Brecht

"Flaherty's music is hauntingly beautiful in its simplicity and understatement and van Zyl plays it to affecting perfection - a perfect fit for the wide and varied characters from Illinois' past that parade before us." [Pomona College Theater, Pieter van Zyl, musical director]
– Don Maslowski, Long Beach Press-Telegram

premiered April 2004

Pomona College Theater
Pieter van Zyl, music director
Bridges Hall of Music

Claremont, California


1. Overture
2. Mother Courage: Nobody goes to war without good shoes to wear
3. Sergeant (et al): War’s a Deal
4. Eilif, Mother Courage:A Woman said goodbye to a Soldier
5. Yvette: I was just a girl of seventeen
6. Set change to Scene Four
7. Mother Courage: When you’re young and strong and fit
8. Scene five "thin victory music"
9. Scene six "drums and funeral music"
10. Mother Courage: Nobody thinks the war has yet been glutted
11. Scene Seven "bells of peace"
12. Cook: Solomon of course was a very wise person
13. Voice: You plant a rose in March
14, Set change to Scene Eleven
14. (cont.). Mother Courage: Lullaby
15. Cast: Nobody stays at war unless they have to