A Midsummer Night’s Dream Suite for Chamber Orchestra
Composed by Jonathan Billingham
Performed by the Tallowdale Chamber Orchestra
I. Athens and a wood near it
II. The course of true love never did run smooth
V. Oberon and Titania
VI. Dark night
VII. O Bottom! Thou art changed!
VIII. The fierce vexation of a dream
IX. So, good night unto you all
This suite, inspired by William Shakespeare’s timeless comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is a major revision of incidental music that Billingham originally composed for a production of the play in 2007 at New College, The University of New South Wales. In 2016 Billingham revisited the music, reworking the underscore into a full programmatic suite. This setting of A Midsummer Night’s Dream calls for the listener to imagine the lunatics, the lovers and the poet in a world where fairy kings and queens are driven by their insatiable desire to rule fate. The music seeks to evoke everything from the sweetness and sickness of love to the rawness of jealousy and the stupidity of the simple.
Purchase this suite as nine audio tracks or download the full album. Alternatively, you can purchase a physical copy of the Tallowdale Music's album, From Hidden Valleys.