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Joseph Horovitz

Publisher: Novello & Co

Lady Macbeth (1970)
commissioned for the Bergen Festival in Norway
Text Writer
Shakespeare
Publisher
Novello & Co Ltd
Category
Solo Voice(s) and up to 6 players
Year Composed
1970
Duration
9 Minutes
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Programme Note
Joseph Horovitz Lady Macbeth (1970)
The Scena Lady Macbeth for mezzo-soprano and piano was commissioned for a special Shakespeare Evening at the Bergen Festival, Norway, on 24 April 1970. I constructed the Scena by selecting three scenes in which Lady Macbeth’s speeches would portray the development of the character from early aspirations to grandeur, to later power and finally to guilt and madness. The scenes are taken from Acts 1, 2 and 5, forming a miniature operatic role. The dramatic implication is that the Scena begins after Lady Macbeth has read her husband’s report of his military victory at the start of Shakespeare’s play.

Joseph Horovitz

  • Soloist(s)
    Sarah Walker (mezzo-soprano) Graham Johnson (pno)
    HYPERION:
  • Soloist(s)
    Susan Graham, mezzo soprano; Malcolm Martineau, piano
  • Soloist(s)
    Kitty Whately, mezzo soprano; Joseph Middleton, piano
    Champs Hill Records:
Performances
Date
Title
  • 30 MAR 2017
    Bedford Music Club
    Bedford Music Club, Bedford
    Kitty Whately, mezzo soprano; William Vann, piano
  • 10 FEB 2017
    Teatro Real, Madrid
    Dame Felicity Palmer, mezzo-soprano; Simon Lepper, piano
  • 12 NOV 2016
    Schloss Henfenfeld, Nuremburg, Germany
    Rosina Zoppi, mezzo soprano; Denette Whitterm piano
  • 15 OCT 2016
    Tres Cantos Contemporary Music Festival, Madrid
    Tres Cantos Contemporary Music Festival, Madrid
    Marta Knörr, mezzo soprano; Aurelio Viribay, piano
  • 18 SEP 2016
    St John's Smith Square, London
    Jessica Thayer, soprano; Jessica Norton
  • 15 AUG 2016
    St Michael at the Northgate, Oxford
    Johanna Harrison, mezzo-soprano; Guy Newbury, piano
  • 17 JUN 2016
    Theater Stok, Zurich
    Rosina Zoppi, mezzo soprano; Denette Whitterm piano
  • 13 JUN 2016
    Wigmore Hall, London
    Susanna Fairbairn, soprano; Matthew Schellhorn, piano
  • 27 APR 2016
    St. James's, Piccadilly, London
    Susanna Fairbairn, soprano; Matthew Schellhorn, piano
  • 23 APR 2016
    Oberlin Conservatory, OH, USA
    Anne Stillwagon, mezzo-soprano; Jie Song, piano
  • 05 MAR 2016
    Oxford Lieder Spring Weekend of Song
    Holywell Music Room, Oxford
    Kitty Whately, mezzo-soprano; Sholto Kynoch, piano
  • 19 FEB 2016
    New College Chapel, Oxford
    Johanna Harrison, mezzo-soprano; Guy Newbury, piano
  • 30 JAN 2016
    Pembroke College Chapel, Oxford
    Johanna Harrison, mezzo-soprano; Guy Newbury, piano
  • 21 OCT 2015
    Oxford Lieder Festival
    Holywell Music Room, Oxford
    Catherine Hopper, mezzo-soprano; James Baillieu, piano
  • 21 OCT 2015
    Sage, Gateshead
    Kitty Whately, mezzo-soprano; Iain Burnside, piano
  • 19 SEP 2015
    Norwegian National Opera, Oslo
    Hege Hoisaeter, mezzo-soprano; John Lidal, piano
  • 30 JUN 2015
    Aix-en-Provence Festival, France
    Kitty Whately, mezzo-soprano; Edwige Herchenroder, piano
  • 25 JUN 2015
    City of London Festival
    St Olave's Church, London
    Holly Marie-Bingham, mezzo-soprano; Tamara Lorenzo Gaberas, piano
  • 13 JUN 2015
    Glimmerglass Festival
    Glimmerglass Festival, NY
  • 11 MAY 2015
    Champs Hill, W. Sussex
    Kitty Whately, mezzo soprano; Joseph Middleton, piano
  • 11 MAY 2015
    Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK
    Kitty Whately, mezzo-soprano; Joseph Middleton, piano
  • 03 MAY 2015
    Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge
    Matthew Schellhorn, Susanna Fairbairn
  • 27 APR 2015
    St Margaret's, Westminster, SW1, London
    Susanna Fairbairn, soprano; Matthew Schellhorn, piano
  • 07 FEB 2015
    St Alfege's Church, Greenwich
    Kate Howden, mezzo-soprano; Sachika Taniyama, piano
  • 29 JAN 2015
    Tucson Desert Song Festival
    University of Arizona, USA
    Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano; Malcolm Martineau, piano
  • 06 JAN 2015
    Park Lane Group Young Artists New Year Series
    Purcell Room, Southbank, London
    Susanna Fairbairn (soprano) Matthew Schellhorn (piano)
  • 06 JAN 2015
    Park Lane Group Young Artists Series
    Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
    Susanna Fairbairn, soprano; Matthew Schellhorn, piano; Christopher Stripp, clarinet; Lucy Colquhoun, piano
  • 06 NOV 2014
    Rose Theatre, Kingston, UK
    Katie Coventry (mezzo-soprano) Paul McKenzie (piano)
  • 05 NOV 2014
    University of Toronto, Canada
    Catherine Wyn-Rogers (mezzo-soprano) Steven Philcox (piano)
  • 12 SEP 2014
    Minehead and West Somerset Arts Society
    West Somerset College, Minehead
    Laura Margaret Smith, mezzo-soprano; Timothy End, piano

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