Ophelia, Caliban, and Miranda

Ophelia, Caliban, and Miranda : Vocal score

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for SATB, piano, and optional saxophone, bass, and drum kit Ophelia, Caliban, and Miranda puts a jazzy twist on three Shakespearean characters. With newly written texts by Charles Bennett, each of the three movements focuses in on Ophelia from Hamlet and Caliban and Miranda from The Tempest. In the funky opener, 'River Bride', the upper voices take the part of Ophelia, while the tenors and basses play a lover figure. Caliban's song, 'Ariel taught me how to play', is a reflective ballad in which the slave tells Miranda, who has escaped his advances, about the spirit helper Ariel teaching him to play the saxophone. The final movement, 'All good things come to an end', is a sassy yet tender number, where Miranda bids farewell to her beloved husband Ferdinand, declaring: 'I've gone back to the island to remember who I am'. The piano part may be played as written or serve as a guide, and a part for saxophone, bass, and drum kit is available separately for jazz quartet accompaniment.show more

Product details

  • Sheet music | 32 pages
  • 216 x 279 x 3mm | 124g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0193406535
  • 9780193406537

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Charles Bennett's droll texts imagine what might have happened to three Shakespearian characters in a parallel universe, eliciting buoyant, chipper settings by Chilcott of the outer songs, and a more laid-back response to the central Caliban, with smoky saxophone commentary. * BBC Music Magazine, October 2017 *show more

About Bob Chilcott

Bob Chilcott has been involved with choral music all his life, first as a Chorister and then a Choral Scholar at King's College, Cambridge. Later, he sang and composed music for 12 years with the King's Singers. His experiences with that group, his passionate commitment to young and amateur choirs, and his profound belief that music can unite people, have inspired him both to compose full-time and, through proactive workshopping, to promote choral music worldwide.show more