Tilting at Windmills : a fantasy for two harpsichords
by May Howlett (2017)
Library shelf no. 785.6412/HOW 1 [Not for loan]
A little musical study on the concept of duality as perceived by Cervantes in his tale of the heroic, self-styled Knight-Errant, Don Quixote, and his 'squire', Sancho Panza.
Bemused by romance novels, his lance at the tilt, Don Quixote
sets out in the blazing heat of La Mancha to charge at what he
thinks are giants, but are actually windmills, to win the favour
of his dream lady, Dulcinea - in reality, a local peasant woman.
Sancho Panza, his bewildered servant, follows wearily with his
own dreams of finding fame and fortune.
The interplay between the Don's majestic chords and the squire's erratic scale passages referencing modal or folk motifs, form the fabric of their actual and imagined adventures
Instrumentation: 2 harpsichords.
Duration: 7 min.
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