Goodbye, Mr. Chips

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Goodbye, Mr. Chips

Based on James Hilton’s classic novella, composer Gordon Getty’s opera Goodbye, Mr. Chips tells of the life of beloved English schoolmaster Mr. Chipping, known to his students and others as “Mr. Chips.” Set at Brookfield, “a good public school of the second rate” in Eastern England, the story follows Chips from his first days at the boarding school in 1870, through his marriage to the woman who will change him forever, to the rapid changes of the turn of the century and outbreak of World War I. Along the way, we’re reminded of the difference one good teacher can make as we watch Chips and his children, “thousands of them, all boys,” enrich each other’s lives.

NOTE: Full orchestration in progress. Instrumentation will be as follows:
Flute, doubling Piccolo
Oboe, doubling English Horn
2 Clarinets in Bb, Clarinet 2 doubling Bass Clarinet in Bb
Contrabassoon
2 Horns in F
Trumpet in C
Trombone
Bass Trombone
Percussion, 2 Players:

  • Wood Block
  • Snare 
  • Drum 
  • Bass Drum 
  • Tubular Bells 
  • Glockenspiel 
  • Xylophone 
  • Marimba
  • Vibraphone – motor off

Harp
Keyboard, 1 Player
NOTE: Keyboard sounds are to be generated from a virtual instrument playing sampled sounds.

  • Celesta
  • Harpsichord (at dynamic of Piano)
  • Piano

Strings