The Rage and Reconciliation of King Lear

Composer
Adrienne Inglis
Composer Nationality
American
Composer Date of Birth
1960
Text
William Shakespeare
Year Composed
2019
Pages
19
Minutes
5:10
Difficulty
4 (Auditioned chorus)
Language
English
Voicing
4 part mixed chorus
Divisi
No
Solos
No
Instruments
Bassoon; Piano
Sacred or Secular
Secular
Mood
Dramatic, with dynamic contrasts; Tense, with some edge; Inspiring
Description

Scored for mixed chorus, bassoon, and piano, The Rage and Reconciliation of King Lear by Adrienne Inglis weaves passages from Shakespeare’s King Lear with signature phrases of the Rev. Dr. Milton H. Riemer. Dr. Riemer’s words bring insight and reflection to the poignant narrative of a parent-child relationship. Outside in a raging storm, King Lear angrily punishes himself for foolishly excluding his favorite daughter, Cordelia, from a portion of his kingdom. As mental illness takes hold, he suffers from curious confusion but understands his failings and begs Cordelia’s forgiveness. The Scottish air Etrick Banks provides melodic material that yields a royal fanfare, lament, thunderstorm, dementia, regret, and reconciliation. Crunchy chords and unsettling dissonances punctuate the sounds of modal chants and medieval polyphony. Employing Original Pronunciation for the Shakespeare text yields the best vocal result.

https://soundcloud.com/adrienne-inglis/the-rage-and-reconciliation-of-king-lear-by-adrienne-inglis-ascapjune-2-2019

Audio Credit
Inversion Ensemble with bassoonist Nathan Kock and pianist Austin Haller
Group
Inversion Ensemble
Performances
Inversion Ensemble: June 2019