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The Highwayman : Melodrama based on the poem by Alfred Noyes, for E flat cornet and piano

by Andrew Batterham (2000)

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The Highwayman : for E flat soprano cornet and piano / Andrew Batterham.

Library shelf no. 788.96/BAT 1 [Available for loan]



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The highwayman : for soprano cornet and band / Andrew Batterham.

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Work Overview

Commissioned through Muso's Media for the 2000 New Zealand National Band Championships, The Highwayman is a musical depiction of the events in Alfred Noyes' poem of the same name. The poem has all the hallmarks of a romantic tragedy, with an un-named highwayman saved from ambush by his lover, who dies in the act of warning him. He later attempts revenge but is also killed, and the final words describe their ghosts meeting on moonlight winter nights.

The subtitle alludes to the concept of a 19th century melodrama. Over the top and highly emotional, sometimes weeping, sometimes angry. The language of the poem itself acts as a good starting point…

Work Details

Year: 2000

Instrumentation: E flat soprano cornet, piano.

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Advanced.

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