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lir-1.nwc (September 2009) 2 kB
|Full name of work:||Lir|
|Composer:||Hamilton, Jay (1951 - ), American|
|First line:||My father was of the sky|
|Music category:||Song Cycle|
|Instruments:||Piano, Baritone, 1 to 3 Sopranos|
|Name of file creator:||Jay Hamilton|
|e-mail address:||info "at" soundand "dot" com|
|Comments:||Over the years I have sent vocal works to the scriptorum and Richard has often remarked that the bass/baritone parts weren't 'important' enough - as that was his voice. Upon discovering an early version of Lir (Lear) in La(z)yamon (1200's) that differed from Shakespeare's I wrote this with Richard in mind.|
Setting; Piano to one side of stage
Left of centerstage 3 chairs with high backs as thrones.
Right of centerstage Lir's 'throne' is a stool,
Soprano (if only one used) changes chairs as she changes roles,
Lir when he is a husband sits to the left of the Daughter on a throne.
(Therefore Lir sings husband's parts too. Just as it is practical to have 1 soprano sing all the different daughter parts.)
Lastly in performance the 'instrumental' bits could be left out.
This NoteWorthy file uses a non standard font. This can be obtained as follows:
Gentium - Scriptorium download at http://nwc-scriptorium.org/fonts/genr1.ttf