This work of verbal and musical caricature for SATB soli, chorus and piano reduction was composed in memory of Gerard Hoffnung. The composer writes: We think that the present public appetite for horror could be best ridiculed by using oratorio form to present actions too horrific to be staged... The framework is that of the nuptial cantata, with a collection of noble dramatis personae from all periods.
For choral societies prepared to let their hair down this grotesque but cleverly constructed work, dating from the third Hoffnung Concert, would make a hilarious first half, possibly using suitably qualified society members in some of the solo roles.
The humour is best realised if treated "mock serioso". The original non-PC ending won't do, however, and the suggested alternative could be improved upon. Apart from falling back on G&S, finding a suitable second half might be a problem for selection committees! Perhaps a choral/orchestral mix on wedding themes, to contrast with the blood-curdling nuptials of Dracula's daughter. Anonymous
- (Perth, United Kingdom)