CREATING 'THE EMPEROR'S ORCHESTRA'
PATRIC STANDFORD's diary for this recent commission
<< Continued from last week
22 October 2000
After last night's performance of Gerontius I'm not sure what
is good or bad. Phoned in my review, then spent a couple of hours writing
about a minute and a half of what seemed, in retrospect, rubbish. However,
this story has a place for that too, so it probably isn't time wasted.
1 November 2000
Phone call from Ian K. Barrie has definitely stepped down. Have I any
ideas for a narrator? Decided to scrap everything but the three-bar fanfare
I began with last September and start again. Real structural business this
time, dividing up the story into sections, each of which might instigate
a musical response. Design becoming clearer, though still not enough time
to think about it. Need a holiday over which to concentrate.
17 November 2000
Orchestra most likely to be double woodwind, horns and trumpets, harp,
piano, percussion and strings. Will confirm later when programme is decided,
but expect Falla El Amor Brujo and Stravinsky Pulcinella.
The first performances are going to be part of educational residencies,
lots of GCSE and Performing Arts students, so I am asked if I like the idea
of local footballers for the narration; does the narrator need to be musical?
I suggest the narrator needs to be able to read, act, project! In short,
no to the footballers. They clearly want to appeal to young local audiences.
Appeal yes, but not sink!
Copyright © 15 May 2001
Patric Standford, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, UK
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