Instrumentation: sop, harp, string orchestra
Duration: 12 minutes
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Ophelia Songs, composed on commission by One World Symphony for a program of music based on Shakespeare, sets the 6 songs that Ophelia sings in the first folio edition of Hamlet. Though a minor character in the play, Ophelia is an extraordinary archetype. My picture of her is that of a lovely, naive girl, brought up by her father to be blissfully unaware of the monstrous politics and passions that surround her. Her passionate, innocent love is no match for Hamlet’s calculated madness.
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