Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano
Commissioned by Aldeburgh Productions for the 2005 Aldeburgh Festival
For this series of Court Studies I have extracted six solo numbers for members of the Court of Naples from
my and Meredith Oakes?s opera The Tempest and transcribed them freely for four instruments (violin,
clarinet, cello and piano). The first three form a sequence in the opera: Antonio: ?Sir, I saw him in the water/Striking bravely for the land?; Sebastian: ?Milan, your vanity, your self-promotion/Have brought us to this godforsaken shore?; and the King of Naples: ?Oh Prince of Naples and Milan/What fish has made its meal on you??. Ariel?s ventriloquistic interjections are omitted here, so the argument between Antonio and
Sebastian is purely human and musical in origin.