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Maxwell Davies, Peter

The Medium (1981)

Duration: 50 minutes

Monodrama for mezzo-soprano solo


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Text by the composer (E,G)

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Territory

This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.


World Premiere
21/06/1981
Academy Hall, Stromness, Orkney
David William, director
Company: Mary Thomas, mezzo-soprano


Roles

MEZZO-SOPRANO

Time and Place

Anywhere


Synopsis

We presume ourselves to be in a fairground booth, where a palmist awaits her clients - except that right from the start she behaves oddly, suggesting that we are eavesdropping all the while on her imaginary world. As the piece proceeds, so this imaginary world becomes more and more intense, violent and macabre, thrilled through with religious hysteria and sexual fantasy. It is, vocally and dramatically, a hugely demanding showpiece for the singer, who carries the entire weight of the work alone.
Paul Griffiths 


Moods

Poetic


Subjects

Contemporary, Magic/Mystery




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