How should I - Bettina Smith, Philippa Davies, J.W.Nelleke
Tomorrow is - Bettina Smith, Philippa Davies, J.W.Nelleke
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J.W.Nelleke: - Ophelia Songs
For (2 versions)
1 - mezzo soprano, alto flute and piano
2 - soprano, viola and piano
3 songs on texts from Hamlet by William Shakespeare.
- Poor Ophelia, divided from herself... (instrumental)
- How should I your true love know
- Tomorrow is Saint Valentines day
- They bore him barefaced on the bier
- When down she fell in the weeping brook... (instrumental)
Range mezzo: G-Bb
Range sopraan: A-C#
Duration 8:40 minutes
This cyclus is based on the songs that Ophelia sings in her madness.
The first movement is "instrumental" - alto flute/viola and voice (humming) start in unison and gradually split up, as if Ophelias mind loses contact with reality.
The three songs that follow put music to Ophelias irrational texts. Seemingly nonsens but at the same time full of meaning; they are the unrestrained personal utterances of the fool that confront everyone with himself.
The last movement mirrors the first. The alto flute/viola and the (again) humming singer slowly come together again just as the drowning Ophelia merges with her reflection in the water.
The piece is dedicated to mezzo soprano Bettina Smith and flautist Philippa Davies who, in may 2002, premiered the piece with the composer at the piano. At the request of the Ophelia trio I have written another version of the piece for soprano, viola and piano in 2006.