Repertoire Search

Peter Maxwell Davies

Publisher: Chester Music

Caroline Mathilde: Ballet (1991),
commissioned by Det Kongelige Teater, Copenhagen
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Dance
Sub Category
Ballet
Year Composed
1991
Duration
2 Hours 5 Minutes
Chorus
SA


Buy this work
Worldwide Sales   North American Sales
 
Study Score Study Score

Programme Note
Peter Maxwell Davies Caroline Mathilde: Ballet (1991),
BRIEF SYNOPSIS

The fifteen-year-old English princess Caroline Mathilde (1751-75) is brought to Denmark to become the wife of her seventeen-year-old eccentric, epileptic and half mad cousin King Christian VII (1749-1808). Lonely, the young queen strikes up an intimacy with the King’s physician and councillor, Dr Struensee, who becomes her lover. Neither the people nor the court approves of this situation. The dowager queen’s influence is threatened and they conspire to do away with Caroline and Struensee. The plot is implemented at a masqued ball. The lovers are arrested, Struensee is hanged and Caroline Mathilde is sent into exile.

BRIEF PROGRAMME NOTE

The story centres on the English princess Caroline Mathilde (1751-1775), sister of George III, who at the age of 15 was sent to Denmark to marry the 17-year-old eccentric and schizophrenic Danish King, Christian VII. The ballet portrays her unhappy marriage, the King's growing madness and her fatal love-affair with Struensee, the King's influential physician, which leads to their arrest, his execution and her exile, at the age of 20, separated from her two young children.


Read about this work at www.maxopus.com

Performances
Date
Title
  • 12 AUG 2014
    BBC Proms 2014
    Royal Albert Hall
    BBC National Orchestra of Wales
    Mary Bevan, soprano; Kitty Whately, mezzo-soprano; Thomas Søndergård, conductor
  • 22 SEP 2007
    The Old Stage, Copenhagen, Denmark
    Royal Danish Ballet

    Other Dates:
    23,26,29 September; 1,5,9,12,13 October - The Old Stage, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 09 FEB 2007
    Royal Danish Theatre, Copenhagen, Denmark
    Royal Danish Ballet

    Other Dates:
    10,13,14,21,26 February; 6,8,10,14,20,22,26 March - Royal Danish Theatre, Copenhagen, Denmark
    30,31 March - Malmo Opera and Theatre, Malmo, Sweden

Reviews
The story of the ballet takes a lurid episode in Danish history, when the 15-year-old younger sister of our George III was married to the Danish King Christian VII, a schizophrenic epileptic given to fits of sadism, not at all the Prince Charming most princesses have in mind… Davies has produced a score that is dramatic, challengingly inventive and a pleasure to hear.
Nicholas Dromgoole, The Guardian,9/1/1995
Close X

Newsletter Signup

Please fill in this form to receive regular news




Click here to receive regular news
© Copyright 2014 Music Sales Classical. Part of the Music Sales Group.