Oxford University Press Ophelia, Caliban, and Miranda - Bennett/Chilcott - SATB

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Lyrics: Charles Bennett
Music: Bob Chilcott
Format: Vocal Score
Voicing: SATB with piano accompaniment (optional saxophone, bass and drum kit available separately)

Ophelia, Caliban, and Miranda puts a jazzy twist on three Shakespearean characters. With newly written texts by Charles Bennett, each of the three movements focuses in on Ophelia from Hamlet and Caliban and Miranda from The Tempest. In the funky opener, 'River Bride', the upper voices take the part of Ophelia, while the tenors and basses play a lover figure. Caliban's song, 'Ariel taught me how to play', is a reflective ballad in which the slave tells Miranda, who has escaped his advances, about the spirit helper Ariel teaching him to play the saxophone. The final movement, 'All good things come to an end', is a sassy yet tender number, where Miranda bids farewell to her beloved husband Ferdinand, declaring: 'I've gone back to the island to remember who I am'. The piano part may be played as written or serve as a guide, and a part for saxophone, bass, and drum kit is available separately for jazz quartet accompaniment.
Duration: 11:00

Song List:
  • River Bride (Ophelia)
  • Ariel taught me how to play (Caliban)
  • All good things come to an end (Miranda)
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