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The music is laid out for what Crosse calls a Wedding Band and a chamber
orchestra of horn and strings. The sinister tropical atmosphere is wonderfully
evoked with muted trumpet trills and the mezzo, Susan Bickley, opens with
a memorable melody [listen -- track 1, 0:07-0:57].
After the natives have taunted the 'white cockroaches' who are pathetically
poor now without the support of their slave labour system, the Wedding Band
enters in a type of Mexican Mariarchi style. Against this Antoinette recalls
events such as the burning of their house, the cries of the parrot with
its wings on fire, and how they just manage to rescue her deformed brother
who dies later [listen -- track 2, 2:00-2:45].
Here's Crosse at his most Carribbean after more mockery of Antoinette's
mother's marriage [listen -- track 3, 1:12-1:43].
You'll have to follow the rest of the story for yourself but it's continuously
fascinating and Susan Bickley delivers a convincing account of her role,
well supported by Martyn Brabbins.
Copyright © 6 January 2001
Peter Dickinson, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, UK
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