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Rembrandt's Wife

Sheet Music: Score

Rembrandt's Wife : vocal score / music by Andrew Ford ; words by Sue Smith.

by Andrew Ford and Sue Smith (2009)


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Libretto by Sue Smith.

Rembrandt's Wife tells the story of one of the world's great painters. At the startt of the opera, Rembrandt's wife, Saskia, is dead, and he looks to his son's nurse, Geertje for comfort. But, soon enough, he betrays her for a new muse. Geertje is condemned to an asylum as Rembrandt takes to his bed the young housemaid, Hendrickje - his Bathsheba. As his genius is eclipsed by fashions for new, younger painters, Rembrandt is bankrupted. Finally he must sell the only thing of value remaining to him: Saskia's grave.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (123p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 75 min.

Dedicated to Barbara Blackman

Commissioned by Victorian Opera.

First performance by Victorian Opera, Richard Gill at Victorian Opera: Rembrandt's Wife (Merlyn Theatre) on 18 Apr 2009

Winner of Victorian Green Room Award 2010

Typeset edition.

This edition produced 14 Feb 19.

ISMN: 979-0-67311-043-4

Analysis & Media

- Resonate Article: Never confuse a genius with a saint

- Resonate Article: Rembrandt's Wife

- Program note: Andrew Ford's "Rembrandt's wife"
program note by the composer

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