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Published on Nov 10, 2010
Part 3 of THE FAMILY MAN, a one-act, one-character opera by Leonard Lehrman after the short story by Mikhail Sholokhov, performed by Ronald Edwards with the composer at the piano, staged by Lou Rodgers for Golden Fleece, Ltd., June 1985. The opera takes place during the Civil War in Russia. The father of nine children describes what happened to his two eldest sons. The powerful story by the author of "And Quiet Flows the Don" has been described as a precursor to Mother Courage. The music quotes 20 Russian folk melodies, including the one quoted by Sholokhov which inspired Pete Seeger's "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?"