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Sheet Music: Score

Macbeth : a chamber opera / Luke Styles ; text: William Shakespeare, adapted by Ted Huffman.

by Luke Styles (2015)

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  • Instrumentation: Soloists (5 tenors, baritone, 4 bass-baritones, young tenor/baritone, treble), flute/piccolo, oboe, clarinet in B flat/bass clarinet, trumpet in B flat, trombone, percussion (2 players), harp, piano, violin, cello, double bass.
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    Performance by Glyndebourne Opera, London Philharmonic Orchestra from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 88


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Macbeth immediately conjures atmospheric, violent and supernatural images and sounds in the mind. This text, which is ingrained in our cultural fabric, felt like the ideal choice for the basis of an opera at this moment in my compositional life. I wanted to tell a story, this was key. I wanted that story to be larger than life, perhaps even un-imaginable for 'normal' human beings to take part in, hence the need for opera singers and an orchestra. I feel a deep affinity with Shakespeare's writing, which I have used previously in my work Vanity for Glyndebourne in 2013. Shakespeare's words immediately suggested a music to me, and this text in particular provided a narrative that allowed my music to go darker and more sensual than ever before. Together with librettist and director Ted Huffman, we crafted, out of Shakespeare's play, our own version of the tale that could take place as an uninterrupted performance of 75 minutes, with a small orchestra and an all male cast.

Published by: Australian Music Centre (under licence from G.Schirmer Australia) — 1 score (169p. -- B4 (portrait))

Duration: 75 min.

Commissioned by Glyndebourne Opera.

First performance by Members of London Philharmonic Orchestra, Members of Glyndebourne Festival Chorus, Jeremy Bines at Luke Styles: Macbeth (Jerwood Studio, Glyndebourne Opera House) on 25 Aug 2015

Includes glossary and notes on singing style.

Text adapted by Ted Huffman.

Typeset edition.

This edition produced 15 Jun 16.

ISMN: 9790720207056

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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 88
CD: Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 88 / Works by Luke Styles.


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- Resonate Article: Insight: Macbeth, or how I came to compose operas

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