Prospero's Isle
for cello and piano

Many composers have fallen under the spell of Shakespeare’s The Tempest and I am sure that this will long continue to be the case. The mysterious power of music is referred to throughout the play - indeed, music is a tangible representation of Prospero’s spells and charms. However, it was not exclusively the magical aspects of the play that attracted me, for The Tempest is also a study of power and mastery over people, events, even the very elements of nature. It is tempting as a composer to see parallels with the organisation and control over the elusive substance of music itself.

Prospero's Isle is a single movement work divided into four distinct sections whose tempi are slow - fast - slow - fast respectively. Thematic elements are shared and transformed throughout these sections. The characters of Prospero, Miranda and Ariel are alluded to but this is rather in terms of their qualities than any narrative description. The work is dedicated to Gemma Rosefield.

Prospero's Isle is recorded by Gemma Rosefield and Nicola Eimer on Guild 7354


Review:

“Prospero’s Isle was proof, when placed in the context of a more mainstream programme, that there is still space for the unique voice in contemporary music. There was nothing self-consciously clever-clever about Brown’s writing: his four-part, single movement piece had a grand, elegiac quality that was perfectly suited to its Shakespearean theme.”

Caroline Gill - The Strad



Price: £15.95 (+ £3.00 p&p)
  
Ref: ISMN: 979-0-9002171-6-5

 



Category
Chamber Music

Composed
2006

Duration
15'00

Parts
Cello and Piano

Commission
Professor Philip David

First Performed
11 May 2006

St John at Hampstead, London

Performers
Gemma Rosefield (cello)
Greta Dowdeswell (piano)

Score Samples: 

 

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