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OPERAS

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Sybil: a Nation Divided
(about 165 minutes), libretto by David Ward

A PDF with full information about the cast and orchestra, plus a synopsis and other information, can be dowloaded via this link

A link to a PDF of the complete full score can be found on the News page of this web-site.

Dr Foster
(about 150 minutes), libretto by David Ward in collaboration with John Cox

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Click here to download the libretto (pdf file)

                Principal Roles

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Dr Henry Foster       Tenor

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Rev Michael Master       Bass

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Marge       Soprano

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Martha       Mezzo

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Helen de Guise       Mezzo

Sub-principals

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3 lab assistants       Tenor, Baritone, Bass

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Semi-solo      8 Sopranos

Mixed Chorus

Dancers, Mimes, Supernumeraries      As available

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Orchestra: 3,3,3,altoSax,3; 4,3,3,1(cimbasso); timp,4perc; hp,mand; 8-14,8-12,6-10,4-10,4-8

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On Stage: Electric Guitar, Electric Piano, Bass Guitar

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Back Stage: Electronic Organ (powerfully amplified in the auditorium)

 

Timone
(about 130 minutes), libretto by David Ward

Principal Roles

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Timone       Mezzo

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Francis       Baritone

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Lucky       Tenor

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Jane       Soprano

Sub-principals

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Quintet       Soprano, Mezzo, Tenor, Baritone, Bass

Mixed Chorus                                     

Dancers (for Stock Exchange Ballet)

Orchestra: 3,3,3,tenorSax,3; 4,3,3,1; timp,3perc; hp; strings (fairly full)

 

Medium house

The Garden of the Sun
(2 hours), libretto by Kevin Ireland
for  8 solo singers, 5 part male chorus (either 1 or 3 to a part) 1 female dancer and 37 instrumentalists
(or optionally 50 with extra strings)
This piece has a major role for baritone as Gilgamesh
The Garden of the Sun would lend itself to performance in non-standard venues, semi-staging with projections &c
More information and a downloadable PDF of the libretto on the News page of this web-site.

Cupid and Psyche
(about 90 minutes), libretto by Kevin Ireland
for  6 singers, 3-6 dancers and 23 instrumentalists
more information on the News page

Jack's Engagement
 (about 90 minutes), libretto by Kevin Ireland

Principal Roles

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Molly      Lyric Soprano

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Jack       Tenor

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Farmer's Wife       Mezzo

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Farmer       Baritone

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Landlord's Wife       Coloratura Soprano

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Landlord       Buffo Bass

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Katerine       Contralto (low mezzo)

Mixed Chorus

Children's Chorus (at least 6)

Orchestra: 2,2,3,2; 4,2,2(T,B),0; timp,1 perc(kit); piano; strings

 

1 act, chamber

A Full Moon in March
 (40 minutes), libretto the play by W B Yeats

Sung Roles

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1st Attendant       Mezzo (with high B)

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2nd Attendant       Bass (or Baritone with low Eb)

Spoken Roles

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The Queen (part I)

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The Swineherd

Dancer

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The Queen (part II)

Chamber Orchestra (13): Fl/Picc, Ob/CorAng, Clar/BsClar; BsTrbn; 2 perc; Mand, Hp; 2 vlns, vla, cello, DB

 

The Death of Ferdia
(33 minutes), words of prologue by DW, singing wordless

Spoken Role

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Prologue

Sung Roles

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Queen Medb       Soprano

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Finnabair      Mezzo

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Ferdia       Tenor

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Cchulainn       Bass

Female Dancer

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The Badb

Chamber Orchestra (10) : Flute/Picc/AltoFl,Obd'am,Clar/BsClar; BsTrbn; Kit; Hp; Vla,Cello,DB

 

The Snow Queen
(52 minutes), libretto by Kevin Ireland

Sung Roles

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Snow Queen       Mezzo

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Greta      Lyric Soprano

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Kay      Tenor

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Raven       Baritone (bass-baritone)

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Prince       Baritone

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Robber Girl       Low mezzo (with strong low D, 7th below middle C)

Dancers (at least 3)

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Storm Dancers      Always attendant on the Snow Queen

Chamber Orchestra (15): Fl/Picc, Ob, Clar, BsClar/BarSax, Bsn;  Flgel, Trbn, BsTrbn;  1 Perc;  Mand, Hp; Vln,Vla,Cello,DB

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SOLO VOICES AND ORCHESTRA

Beyond the Far Haaf
Symphonic Cantata
(55 minutes), libretto by Robert Alan Jamieson

Singers

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She       Mezzo

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He       Baritone

Orchestra: 2,2,3,3; 4,3,3,0; 2timp,1perc; hp; strings (full)

Overture and Scena
from Jack's Engagement (13 minutes)

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Soprano

Orchestra: 2,2,3,2; 4,2,2(T,B),0; timp,1perc(SD); strings

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CONCERTOS

Cello Concerto No 1
(37 minutes)

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               Solo Cello

   Orchestra: 2,2,3(inclCBClar),2; 3,3(inclFlgel),3,1; timp,2perc; hp; 12,0,10,8,6

Variations for Cello and Orchestra
(18 minutes)

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Solo Cello

Classical Orchestra: 2,2,2,2; 2,2,0,0; timp(+trngl); strings(Mozartian)

Viola Concerto
(32 minutes)

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Solo Viola

Orchestra: 2,2,3,2; 2,2,1(bass),0; timp,2perc; hp; 8,8,6,4,3

Cello Concerto No 2
(22 minutes)

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               Solo Cello

  Orchestra: 2,2,2,2; 2,2,1,0; 1perc; hp; keybd; strings

Cello Song
(11 minutes)

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               Solo Cello

  Orchestra: hp; keybd; strings

Romance No. 1
(8 minutes)

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               Solo Violin

  Orchestra: 1,1,2,2; 0,0,0,0; 0; strings

Romance No. 2
(8 minutes)

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               Solo Violin

  Orchestra: 0,0,2,2; 0,1,1,0; 1 perc; keybd; strings

Concertino for Bassoon and Orchestra
(11 minutes)

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               Solo Bassoon

  Orchestra: 2,2,2,2; 2,0,0,0; 1 perc; strings

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ORCHESTRAL

Concert Overture on Themes from Jack's Engagement
 (13 minutes)

Orchestra: 2,2,3,2; 4,2,2(T,B),0; timp,1perc(SD); strings

 

Stock Exchange Ballet from Timone
(13 minutes)

Orchestra: 3,3,3,tenSax,3; 4,3,3,1; timp,3perc, hp; strings

 

Overture to Jack's Engagement
(6 minutes)

Orchestra: 2,2,3,2; 4,2,2(T,B),0; timp,1perc(SD); strings

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STRING ORCHESTRA

Evolutionary Metamorphoses
(25 minutes)

Orchestra: 23 Solo Strings - 10 Violins, 5 Violas, 5 Cellos, 3 Double Basses (1 with contrabass C)

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CHAMBER

Clarinet Quintet 
Clarinet and String Quartet (30 minutes)




String Quartets

No 1 (25 minutes)

No 2 (38 minutes)

No 3 (30 minutes)

No 4 (19 minutes)

No 5 (11 minutes)

No 6 (20 minutes)

No 7 (12 minutes)

Concerto for Viola with Piano
Chamber performing version of Viola Conc (32 mins)

Entrance, Sonata and Exit
Trumpet and String Quartet (30 minutes)

Improvisation
Bass Trombone and Piano (3
1/2 minutes)

In Memoriam Simon
String Quartet with dominant Viola
(7 minutes)

Mute Play
Bass Trombone and Piano (8 minutes)

Canzona
Clarinet and Piano (3
1/2 minutes)

Sonata Fantasia
Cello and Piano (17 minutes)

Little Duet for Hector and Shinobu
Clarinet and violin (
4 minutes)

More for H & S
Clarinet & Violin (2 min)



Duo for Violin and Cello
(6 minutes)



Dreaming of a Distant Love
Alto Sax, Violin, Percussion and Electric Piano (2 min)


Lukkaminnie's Oo for Violin and Cello
(2 minutes)



Divertimento for Mixed Octet
Cl/A sax/B Cl, Bsn, Hn, 2 Vlns, Vla, Vc, DB (25 min)

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SOLO INSTRUMENTAL

2 Minute Caprice
Basset Clarinet (2 minutes)

7 pieces
Basset Clarinet (13 minutes)

Sonata for Unaccompanied Violin
(13 minutes)

Piano Sonata
(23 minutes)

Variations on a Waltz
Piano (7 min)

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VOICE WITH INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE OR WITH PIANO

e-mails from Palestine (1)

Soprano (or Mezzo), Trombone/Alto Sackbut, Violin, 5 String Electric Violin/Electric Bass Violin/Violin, Percussion (25 minutes)

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click on this link for the text and more information

Three Poems by J M Synge
Mezzo and Piano (7 minutes)

Three Orpheus Sonnets (Rilke)
Mezzo and Piano (10 minutes)
Jane Manning writes about this work



Songs for Patti

Mezzo and Piano (6 minutes)



Pleasures are Like Poppies Spread

Mezzo and Piano (2 minutes) words from Tam O' Shanter by Robbie Burns



The Abbot of Bingham

Soprano with Tombone, Violin, Viola and Cello (4 minutes)
A setting of the poem of the same name by the late Brian Nisbet
Link to a PDF of the score
Obituary of Brian Nisbet in The Guardian

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BRASS BAND

Burlesque
(with solo Bass Trombone, 4 minutes)

3 Bagatelles
(8 minutes)

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David Ward
Monedie Farm Cottage, Aberchirder, by Huntly, Aberdeenshire, AB54 7PL
Email: 
david@monedie.co.uk  or monediecottage@gmail.com   Tel: 01466 780894

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