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Tilting at Windmills : a fantasy for two harpsichords

by May Howlett (2017)

Tilting at Windmills

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Tilting at Windmills : a fantasy for two harpsichords / May Howlett.

Library shelf no. 785.6412/HOW 1 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

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

Work Details

Year: 2017

Instrumentation: 2 harpsichords.

Duration: 7 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

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