Ye People of New England — Dimmesdale’s confession

2008, Revised 2016 | tenor/piano.

From The Scarlet Letter. Libretto by David Mason (b.1954).

In Act Two, Scene Two of The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale have plotted their escape from the confining judgment of their community. As the town celebrates Election Day and the lovers prepare to leave with their daughter, Pearl, they are confronted by Hester’s estranged husband. Feeling his own body failing and worried that he will die without confessing his sin, Arthur mounts the scaffold. — David Mason.

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