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Enter the dream

Sheet Music: Score

Enter the dream : an overture for a reading of A Midsummer Night's Dream, for string quartet and percussion / Betty Beath.

by Betty Beath (2016)


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In 2016 I accepted a commission from 4MBS FM Radio to write a short Overture for their Brisbane Shakespeare Festival Play Readings of A Midsummer Night's Dream. I enjoyed writing the Overture, scored for String Quartet and Percussion with the addition of the solo piano piece I've titled Enter the Dream, which was a comment on some of the colourful characters in the play. I chose to write in a simple style, not of the actual period of the play, but with a melodic, rhythmic and tonal structure which I matched with various characters.
Simplicity and communication were important considerations as well as drama and heightened,
well-contrasted dynamics. In this way I hoped to 'enter the dream' myself and to invite performers and listeners to do so as well. It was a pleasure to take part in this 4MBS FM project, which in 2016 celebrated its tenth anniversary of an imaginative contribution to the arts in Queensland.
Betty Beath

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (10p. -- A4 (portrait))

Duration: 3 mins

Commission info: Commissioned by 4MBS FM Radio for their Brisbane Shakespeare Festival Play Reading

First performance by Adina Quartet at Enter the Dream (Sandgate Town Hall) on 24 Sep 2016

Includes program note.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 9790900974761

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