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Aaron Jay Kernis

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Goblin Market (1995)
Publisher
Associated Music Publishers Inc
Category
Soloist(s) and Large Ensemble (7 or more players)
Sub Category
Sinfonietta
Year Composed
1995
Duration
45 Minutes
Soloist
Narrator
Programme Note
Aaron Jay Kernis Goblin Market (1995)
Synopsis:
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.



Reviews
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 composer...in his Goblin Market...you 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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