Enter the dream : an overture to a reading of A Midsummer Night's Dream
by Betty Beath (2016)
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Enter the dream : an overture for a reading of A Midsummer Night's Dream, for string quartet and percussion / Betty Beath.
Library shelf no. 785.5815/BEA 1 [Available for loan]
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In 2016 I accepted a commission from 4MBS FM Radio to write a
short Overture for their Brisbane Shakespeare Festival Play
Readings of A Midsummer Night's Dream. I enjoyed writing the
Overture, scored for String Quartet and Percussion with the
addition of the solo piano piece I've titled Enter the Dream,
which was a comment on some of the colourful characters in the
play. I chose to write in a simple style, not of the actual
period of the play, but with a melodic, rhythmic and tonal
structure which I matched with various characters.
Simplicity and communication were important considerations as well as drama and heightened,
well-contrasted dynamics. In this way I hoped to 'enter the dream' myself and to invite performers and listeners to do so as well. It was a pleasure to take part in this 4MBS FM project, which in 2016 celebrated its tenth anniversary of an imaginative contribution to the arts in Queensland.
Instrumentation: Percussion (1 player), 2 violins, viola, cello.
Duration: 3 min.
Commission note: Commissioned by 4MBS-FM.. Commissioned by 4MBS FM Radio for their Brisbane Shakespeare Festival Play Reading
- Inspired by: Literature & Poetry
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