Three Shakespeare sonnets : for medium voice and piano
by Justin McKay (2012, this version: 2013)
Also known as: 3 Shakespeare sonnets
Performance by Justin McKay from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 45.
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Composed in 2012, after having premiered an opera (The
Tempest) and incidental music (Much Ado About
Nothing) based upon Shakespeare's works, Three
Shakespeare Sonnets are written in a restrained and
understated style. Falling within the form of lieder, the richly
melodic vocal parts are set over inventive and at times intricate
piano fantasies. The composer has chosen to highlight certain
aspects of each sonnet, giving each a slightly different
character, and remaining with it throughout. Sonnet 18 has an
amorous character, Sonnet 30, more contemplative, while Sonnet 76
draws on baroque influences.
Throughout, the text has been set in a somewhat, but not fully, declamatory style: at times the iambic rhythms are evident, and at others they take a backseat to the flow of the music. The composer's intention in setting Shakespeare's poetry has been to bring out the intrinsic music of the text, with emphasis on the underlying emotions which they may awaken in the reader or listener.
Year: 2012, this version: 2013
Instrumentation: Medium voice, piano.
Duration: 9 min.
Contents note: Sonnet No. 18 (c.3’32) -- Sonnet No. 30 (c.3’05) -- Sonnet No. 76 (c.2’20).
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