A dust of white sleep : instrumental music theatre in 12 miniatures
by Caroline Wilkins (2003)
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The title of the work is taken from a short story by Anais Nin, 'Under a Glass Bell' (Penguin 1983). The performers can be male or female, excepting the violinist & accordionist, who are essentially female characters (but could conceivably be played by men). The five instrumentalists can be interpreted as mythical figures that draw their past from historic sources such as commedia dell'arte and the medieval carnivale.
Instrumentation: 2 flutes, violin, viola, accordion. Sound system for pre-recorded sound playback.
Duration: 40 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Theatre performance experience needed.
Contents note: 12 short movements which can be selectively performed.
Influenced by the instrumental music theatre of Kagel.
Excerpt from 'A Dust of White Sleep'
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