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Aaron Jay Kernis

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Goblin Market (1995)
Text Writer
Christina Rosetti
Associated Music Publishers Inc
Soloist(s) and Large Ensemble (7 or more players)
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Year Composed
45 Minutes
Programme Note
Aaron Jay Kernis Goblin Market (1995)
A unique concoction of music, mime and masks that delves into the overripe and at times grotesque and shocking imagery of Christina Rossetti’s poem. Goblin Market explores both the Victorian repression coded into its text as well as its parallels with contemporary social issues.

The composer calls his melodrama--based on a Victorian tale by Christina Rossetti--a "mini-Wagnerian music drama." It is really a darkly Freudian fable about two virtuous sisters, Laura and Lizzie, one of whom succumbs to forbidden fruit proffered by goblins...the score teems with pictorially suggestive activity as creepy and riotous as the goblins it depicts...a fun entertainment fueled by much shrewd musical invention.
John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune,5/12/2004
The fact that it often sounds like a symphony orchestra in full cry is tribute enough to his skill in instrumentation: the range of color extracted from the players is quite bewildering...neo-decadent...catches to perfection the hothouse of Christina Rossetti's imagination and the forbidden fruits purveyed therein....Kernis's music is so vibrantly theatrical in shape and sound that he should have opera managements queueing at his door with commissions.
Rodney Milnes, The London Times,1/1/0001
Aaron Jay Kernis is a remarkable his Goblin hear an irresistible variety of invention from the 13-piece ensemble...The music seems perfect...its combination of original invention with a broadly earlier style similarly brings the ear back and forth across the generation...this is an inventive treatment of music theatre.
David Fallows, The Guardian,1/1/0001
Goblin Market...was captivating — with a rich, proto-Romantic score.
Michael White, The Independent,1/1/0001
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