Frankenstein Suite, op. 40b
Though the Baber-Gardner first opera, Frankenstein, has proved to be unproduceable, a number of arias, duets, choruses, and an Orchestral Suite from the work have been excerpted for performance.
Though unpublished until now, the Suite, which is tonal with modernist outbursts, has had many performances and has been especially popular for Halloween concerts. It is virtuosic in the “Gypsy Dance,” surreally strident in the “Procession of the Judges,” tunefully dirgelike in “Bring in the Dead,” suspensefully eerie in the “Prelude to Act IV,” and kaleidoscopically chaotic in the finale, “The Raising of the Monster.”