Steal Me, Sweet Thief

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Gian Carlo Menotti

Gian Carlo Menotti (arr. Nelson)

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Subtitle: From 'The Old Maid and the Thief'

General Info

Year: 1939 /
Duration: c. 4:50
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: U.S. Coast Guard Band
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

The Old Maid and the Thief is a radio opera in one act by Italian-American composer Gian Carlo Menotti. The work uses an English language libretto by the composer which tells a twisted tale of morals and evil womanly power. Menotti writes in the libretto "The devil couldn't do what a woman can- Make a thief out of an honest man."

Commissioned by NBC, The Old Maid and the Thief was one of the earliest operas composed specifically for performance on the radio. Upon the opera's premiere in 1939, the work was received with wide enthusiasm by American music critics. The staged version of the work proved to be successful as well, and the opera is still occasionally mounted by professional companies. It is also a popular repertoire choice by university opera programs in the United States.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

This arrangement of Steal Me, Sweet Thief, in which Laetitia sings of her affection for Bob, the bum, was written by Sean Nelson for the U.S. Coast Guard Band.


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State Ratings

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  • United States Coast Guard Band (New London, Conn. (Jason K. Fettig, conductor; Lisa Williamson, soprano) – 20 November 2016

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