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Peter Maxwell Davies

Publisher: Chester Music

Fool's Fanfare (1972)
commissioned by the Globe Playhouse Trust Ltd
Text Writer
Shakespeare
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Solo Voice(s) and up to 6 players
Year Composed
1972
Duration
7 Minutes
Language
English
Soloist
narrator


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Peter Maxwell Davies Fool's Fanfare (1972)
One must imagine the clowns from King Lear (Lear's Fool), As You Like It (Touchstone), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Puck) and Hamlet (Gravedigger) summoned into the person of a single actor in jester's costume. He is sprung into action by a cracked fanfare from trumpets and trombones, then accompanied by a low-life ensemble of ukelele (doubling mandolin) and percussion, the brass sometimes stirring or commiserating with his madness.


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