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John McCabe

Publisher: Novello & Co

Arthur, Part II: Mort d'Arthur (2001)
commissioned by Birmingham Royal Ballet
Publisher
Novello & Co Ltd
Category
Dance
Sub Category
Ballet
Year Composed
2001
Duration
2 Hours 2 Minutes
Programme Note
John McCabe Arthur, Part II: Mort d'Arthur (2001)
BRIEF SYNOPSIS

The second ballet in John McCabe’s diptych based on the legend of Arthur. Mordred and Morgan’s continued determination to wreak vengeance on Arthur lead gradually to the battle of Camlann. Mordred and Arthur inflict mortal wounds on each other and Arthur’s body is rowed to the legendary island of Lyonesse.

Performances
Date
Title
  • 05 MAR 2003
    The Hippodrome, Birmingham
    Birmingham Royal Ballet / Royal Ballet Sinfonia
    Paul Murphy, conductor

    Other Dates:
    6-8 March - The Hippodrome, Birmingham
  • 01 JUN 2001
    Lowry Centre, Salford
    Birmingham Royal Ballet / Royal Ballet Sinfonia
    Paul Murphy, conductor

    Other Dates:
    2 June - Lowry Centre, Salford
    7-9 June - Theatre Royal, Plymouth
  • 31 MAY 2001
    Lowry Centre, Salford
    Birmingham Royal Ballet / Royal Ballet Sinfonia
    Paul Murphy, conductor
  • 09 MAY 2001
    Sadler's Wells Theatre
    Birmingham Royal Ballet / Royal Ballet Sinfonia
    Paul Murphy, conductor

    Other Dates:
    10-12 May - Sadler's Wells Theatre

Reviews
No-one could say Mallory's Morte d'Arthur leaps from page to stage, and the sheer clarity of [choreographer David] Bintley's storytelling is remarkable…John McCabe's score is such a vast, sustained achievement, five hours of muscular music ranging from virtually every tonal style of the past 80 years, that it begs several more listenings.
Jenny Gilbert, The Independent on Sunday,5/1/2001
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