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Deadly Pleasures

Deadly Pleasures

for narrator and instrumental ensemble

Text from D. M. Thomas' book 'Ararat' based on a poem by Alexander Pushkin


  • Instrumentation: saxophone, trumpet, piano, violin and amplified narrator
  • Edition: score
  • Language: English
  • Order No.: ED 13530
€28.00  *
Incl. VAT and excl. shipping Weight: 0.28 kg

 
Description

This work’s title comes from DM Thomas’s dramatic poem on an imagined episode in the life of Cleopatra. Cleopatra offers any three men from her royal court a night of unbridled passion, in return for which they must forfeit their lives the next morning. Three men step forward, the last of which is the son she had by her brother Ptolemy, whom she gave away at birth. Unaware that Cleopatra is his mother, he gives her wine laced with mandragora and makes his escape before daybreak.
The grisly tale provided the composer many opportunities for dramatic characterisation. The use of a narrator necessitated an episodic structure in which the music captures the atmosphere suggested by the text, and mirrors the different moods as the journey unfolds and the three characters live out their different fates.

Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Counterpoise with support from the PRS Foundation, the RVW Trust and The Holst Foundation
Binding: Saddle stitching
ISMN: 979-0-2201-3446-3
Performance duration: 25'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 7. Juni 2009 Ulverston, Coronation Hall (UK) Ulverston Festival 2009 · Counterpoise; Johanna Lonsky, narrator
Year of composition: 2009
instrumentation: ssax(tsax)-tpt-pno-vln
page number: 72
Performances
2012-11-03 | Aberdeen (United Kingdom), Aberdeen Art Gallery — 13.00 h
2011-05-14 | Cookham (United Kingdom), Holy Trinity Church — 19.30 h
2010-05-21 | Kingston, London (United Kingdom), Kingston University
2010-05-08 | Holmbury St Mary (United Kingdom), Woodhouse
2010-05-04 | Brighton (United Kingdom), Pavilion Theatre — 13.00 h
2010-03-29 | London (United Kingdom), Kings Place — 20.30 h
2010-03-01 | Southampton (United Kingdom), Turner Sims Concert Hall — 13.00 h
2009-11-24 | Cardiff (United Kingdom), University Concert Hall — 19.30 h
2009-06-24 | Corsham (United Kingdom)
2009-06-07 | Ulverston (United Kingdom), Coronation Hall — 19.30 h | World Premiere

This work’s title comes from DM Thomas’s dramatic poem on an imagined episode in the life of Cleopatra. Cleopatra offers any three men from her royal court a night of unbridled passion, in return for which they must forfeit their lives the next morning. Three men step forward, the last of which is the son she had by her brother Ptolemy, whom she gave away at birth. Unaware that Cleopatra is his mother, he gives her wine laced with mandragora and makes his escape before daybreak.
The grisly tale provided the composer many opportunities for dramatic characterisation. The use of a narrator necessitated an episodic structure in which the music captures the atmosphere suggested by the text, and mirrors the different moods as the journey unfolds and the three characters live out their different fates.

Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Counterpoise with support from the PRS Foundation, the RVW Trust and The Holst Foundation
Binding: Saddle stitching
ISMN: 979-0-2201-3446-3
Performance duration: 25'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 7. Juni 2009 Ulverston, Coronation Hall (UK) Ulverston Festival 2009 · Counterpoise; Johanna Lonsky, narrator
Year of composition: 2009
instrumentation: ssax(tsax)-tpt-pno-vln
page number: 72
2012-11-03 | Aberdeen (United Kingdom), Aberdeen Art Gallery — 13.00 h
2011-05-14 | Cookham (United Kingdom), Holy Trinity Church — 19.30 h
2010-05-21 | Kingston, London (United Kingdom), Kingston University
2010-05-08 | Holmbury St Mary (United Kingdom), Woodhouse
2010-05-04 | Brighton (United Kingdom), Pavilion Theatre — 13.00 h
2010-03-29 | London (United Kingdom), Kings Place — 20.30 h
2010-03-01 | Southampton (United Kingdom), Turner Sims Concert Hall — 13.00 h
2009-11-24 | Cardiff (United Kingdom), University Concert Hall — 19.30 h
2009-06-24 | Corsham (United Kingdom)
2009-06-07 | Ulverston (United Kingdom), Coronation Hall — 19.30 h | World Premiere
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