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The Elephant Calf and Small Comments on Large Themes

Isaiah Sheffer and Eric Bentley
The Elephant Calf and Small Comments on Large Themes

Written by German playwright Bertolt Brecht in the 1920s, The Elephant Calf is a one-act surrealistic prose farce play. It was originally written as part of the play Man Equals Man, but Brecht separated it and gave it the subtitle of “The Provability of Any and Every Contention.” This 1967 production, adapted by Eric Bentley, one of the preeminent experts on Brecht, is performed in English as a musical extravaganza. Two songs, written by Bentley and Arnold Black, are added to the production. The recording concludes with Bentley singing four of his own compositions.

Track Listing

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The Elephant Calf or The Probability of Every Contention - A Musical Extravaganza by Bertolt Brecht Isaiah Sheffer 21:25
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The Elephant Calf: Continued Isaiah Sheffer 13:34
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Dear Old Democracy Eric Bentley 3:24
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The Omniscient Eric Bentley 3:02
204
The Uncommitted Eric Bentley 3:02
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The Heroic Eric Bentley 4:02

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