Oedipus TexOedipus Tex, Dramatic Oratorio or Opera in One Cathartic Act, S. 150,
SATB soloists, SATB chorus; 1-1-1-1; 1-2-1-0; Timp., Perc.; Keyboard Harmonica (or Harmonium); Str., (September 30, 1985), (30 min. for oratorio and 40 min. for opera).
2. Howdy There
3. My Heart
4. You Murdered Your Father
6. Chorale and Finale
Published by Theodore Presser Company (1989), Vocal Score (412-41072); Full Score - Large (416-41263L); Full Score - Study (416-41263).
Performance materials available on rental from Theodore Presser Company: Opera version: 116-41311; Oratorio version: 116-41312.
Recording available on the album Oedipus Tex and Other Choral Calamities. Excerpts available on the album The Ill-Conceived P.D.Q. Bach Anthology.
The oratorio version has recitatives and the opera version has spoken dialogue.
Oratorio version commissioned by the Betty Divine Singers of Houston. Opera version commissioned by the Plymouth Music Series.
Premiere of oratorio version: April 1, 1986, in Houston, Texas.
December 26-28 and 30, 1986, at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
December 26, 28, and 30, 1990, at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
December 26 and 27, 2001 at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City.
Premiere of opera version: March 15, 1988, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.