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Buller, Mark: The Songs of Ophelia 

 

 

Basic information

  • Title: 
    The Songs of Ophelia
  • Duration (in minutes): 
    6
  • Year of composition: 
    2017
  • First performance (year): 
    2016
  • First performance (performers): 
    Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony
  • Solo Voice(s)/Instrument(s): no
  • Conductor: 
    Obligatory
 

Notes

  • Program notes: 

    I've always been interested in the stories of lesser characters, the people in the margins. For this piece, I decided to tell the story of Ophelia, a character who meets an unfortunate demise in large part because of Hamlet. For the duration of Shakespeare's play, we learn surprisingly little about this otherwise important character. Even her dramatic death is mentioned only in passing: having gone mad, she climbs into a willow tree, which breaks, plunging her into the brook below.
    The Songs of Ophelia tells her story through a series of "songs." We meet her amidst the tumult surrounding the affairs at the Danish court, where her playfulness and humor provide momentary distraction — but disaster is not far off. Finally, Ophelia's madness becomes evident, something I only briefly dwell upon. In the end, we are left with only her memory.

  • Technical specs: 

    No special equipment (other than the specified instrumentation) is necessary to perform this work.

    Instrumentation:
    2 Flutes (2=piccolo)
    2 Oboes
    2 Clarinets in B-flat (2=bass clarinet)
    2 Bassoons (2=contrabassoon)
    4 Horns in F
    3 Trumpets in B-flat
    2 Trombones
    Bass Trombone
    Tuba
    Timpani
    Percussion (suspended cymbal, tambourine, bass drum)
    Harp
    Strings

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Instruments

Total number of musicians: 
72
Musicians1st player2nd player
Flute
2
C
C
Piccolo
Oboe
2
Oboe
Oboe
Clarinet
2
B-flat
B-flat
Bass
Bassoon
2
Bassoon
Bassoon
Contrabassoon
Horn (F)
4
Trumpet
3
B-flat
B-flat
Trombone
3
Tenor
Tenor
Tuba
1
MusiciansInstruments
Percussion
2
Timpani
Bass Drum
Cymbals
Other
Harp
1
 
Musicians1st player2nd player
Violin
24
Viola
12
Cello
12
Double Bass
2
4-string
4-string

 

 

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