Gloriana Part 11: ACT III Sc iii conclusion

This production, by Colin Graham, first saw the light in 1966 and was revived in 1984 for the ENO tour of the USA which culminated with two ecstatically received performances at The Met. GLORIANA Benjamin Britten Libretto by William Plomer Queen Elizabeth I – Sarah Walker Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex – Anthony Rolfe Johnson Frances, Countess of Essex – Jean Rigby Sir Walter Raleigh – Richard van Allan Penelope, Lady Rich – Elizabeth Vaughan Sir Robert Cecil – Alan Opie Charles Blount, Lord Mountjoy – Neil Howlett Henry Cuffe – Malcolm Donnelly Lady-in-Waiting – Lynda Russell A Blind Ballad Singer – Norman Bailey The Recorder of Norwich – Dennis Wicks A Housewife – Shelagh Squires Master of Ceremonies – Alan Woodrow A Morris Dancer – Robert Huguenim The City Cryer – Leigh Maurice The Spirit of the Masque – Adrian Martin Time – Ian Stewart Concord – Amanda Maxwell Directed for the stage by Colin Graham Directed for TV by Derek Bailey Chorus and Orchestra of the English National Opera Conducted by Mark Elder

Notes by Halim El-Dabh: When my longtime friend Blake Tyson suggested that I write a composition for vibraphone I was excited and challenged. I had used the vibraphone as part of the orchestra, but the idea of writing for it as a solo instrument was new to me. He organized a consortium of twenty-three musicians who collectively commissioned the work. I told Blake that I would like all of the musicians to write me letters expressing their relationship with the instrument and the kinds of music that they enjoyed. The result of receiving the letters was overwhelming. The energy of the performers reached me and automatically connected me to the magic of the vibraphone. I started writing with great excitement and desire. I couldn’t stop writing. I accumulated over seventy pages of sketches for the work. Soon after this Blake visited me in Kent, Ohio and played through everything that I had written. It was wonderful to hear the music brought to life and this helped me connect even further with the vibraphone. That night I dreamt I was in midair surrounded by many vibraphones. In the dream I was part of the whole atmosphere, floating and dancing with vibraphones while I was sailing with the wind. I woke up and named the composition Sailing Wind. The title Sailing Wind is inspired by the desire to ride the wind (the vibrations of the vibraphone) and to sail with it to visit the twenty-three percussionists from across North America who commissioned the work. The first movement

2 Responses to “Gloriana Part 11: ACT III Sc iii conclusion”

  1. gabrieru1983 says:


  2. leedshunk says:

    oh wow , sarah´╗┐ walker was the most dramatic elizabeth – amazing !!

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