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Music Text

Libretto after the play 'Inés de Castro' by Jo Clifford (E)


S,2M,T,BBar,B; chorus
2(II=picc).2(II=corA).2(II=Bbcl,bcl).2(II=dbn)- dr/vib(bowed)/crot/t.bells/2handbells(lg)/sizzle cym/mark tree/clash cyms/gong/susp.cym/thundersheet
with superball/finger cyms/anvil/xyl/flexatone/SD/2bongos/4tom-t/5tpl.bl/glsp/tgl/bass lion's roar/metal sheet or plate-harp-pft(=cel)-strings

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World Premiere
Edinburgh Festival
Jonathan Moore, director / Helen Field/Jeffrey Lawton/Stafford Dean/Scottish Opera / Richard Armstrong
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"...a classic example of the fusion of a brilliant musical score with gut wrenching theatre... It is gripping from start to finish... Underpinning it all is music that has everything - floating lyricism, overpowering emotion, and a fundamental Wagnerian concept of encapsulating and driving the narrative."
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"Inés de Castro is a complex, ambitious work, a modern attempt at grand opera in the tradition of Verdi and Mussorgsky... Mr MacMillan is a serious gifted composer with a public that cares deeply about his work - the first such creature in Britain since the death of Benjamin Britten."
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