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Peter Maxwell Davies: The Lighthouse Vocal Score: Chamber Orchestra

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COMPOSER: Peter Maxwell Davies
PUBLISHER: Chester Music
PRODUCT FORMAT: Vocal Score
A ghost story telling of the mysterious disappearance of three lighthouse keepers in the Hebrides. This is a mystery story in the form of a chamber opera. The prologue is set as a court of enquiry into theunexplaineddisappearance of the three keepers from a lighthouse. Questions are posed by a solo
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Composer Peter Maxwell Davies
Publisher Chester Music
Product Format Vocal Score
Year of Publication 1999
StylePeriodView Description Post 1901
ISBN 9781847726742
Instrumentation Chamber Orchestra
No. MUSCH55350
Number of pages 120
Composer Peter Maxwell Davies
Description
A ghost story telling of the mysterious disappearance of three lighthouse keepers in the Hebrides.
This is a mystery story in the form of a chamber opera. The prologue is set as a court of enquiry into theunexplaineddisappearance of the three keepers from a lighthouse. Questions are posed by a solo horn, which may sound from among the audience, and three officers give answer. Gradually, they move from straight testimony intofantasticalimaginings of evil during a 'flashback' to the lighthouse; but then we snap back to the courtroom.
In the main act the three singers become the vanished keepers. They have been together for months, long enough to befullyaware of each other's weaknesses; petty bickerings suggest a relationship which is stable, but liable to become highly unstable at any moment. They sing songs to reduce the tension, Blazes beginning with a rough ballad ofstreetviolence, accompanied by violin and banjo. Sandy's song, with cello and out-of-tune upright piano, is a thinly disguised description of sexual bliss, and Arthur's with brass and clarinet, is a tub-thumping hymn. But thesongsserve only to resurrect in their minds ghosts from the past, and as the fog descends each of the keepers becomes convinced that he is being claimed by the Beast. They prepare to meet its dazzling eyes, which become the lightsofthe relief vessel, and the three men reappear as officers, met at the lighthouse only by an infestation of rats. They leave, and at the end the last hours of Blazes, Sandy and Arthur begin to play over again.
Vocal scorewithpiano reduction of the instrumental score. Duration c. 1h 25mins.
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