The death of Chatterton : a mythography in one act for one man
by Matthew Dewey (2007)
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Library shelf no. CD 2217 [Available for loan]
George Meredith, in an attic room in the nineteenth century, prepares himself to model for painting "The Death of Chatterton", and wonders at how the death occurred.
Chatterton himself tells the tale from the seventeen hundreds - and Rowley (a fifteenth century monk of Chatterton's creation) convinces us of Chatterton's genius back two hundred years before.
The key however, lies not with Meredith, Rowley nor Chatterton but with Chatterton's first biographer, John Dix - who delights in revealing a final convolution. Who is Thomas Chatterton? - and when did he die?
Instrumentation: Operatic baritone, conductor, clarinets, bassoon, cello, percussion.
Duration: 55 min.
Commission note: Anonymous commission
First performance: by IHOS Music Theatre and Opera — Sep 07. Hobart College Theatre, Mount Nelson, Tasmania
The composer cites the following influences on this work:
Opera, theatre, chamber opera
- Inspired by: Literature & Poetry
Performances of this work
Sep 07: Hobart College Theatre, Mount Nelson, Tasmania. Featuring IHOS Music Theatre and Opera.
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