Richard Lambert Music

The Marriage of True Minds (Op.38)

A mini-opera based on Shakespearean texts for soprano, baritone and piano

This Shakespeare sequence is a mini-opera for soprano, baritone and piano.

There is dialogue between the seven musical items which takes a fresh look at the badinage between Beatrice and Benedick (Much Ado About Nothing). Hilary Spiers has freely compiled this hybrid libretto from a variety of Shakespearean sources.

Pragmatically, the piano accompanist acts as a third (seated) character for a total of just seven spoken lines to facilitate textual cohesion. The characters act out the scenario, which is interspersed with song settings using the following texts:


Listen

This recording of The Marriage of True Minds was produced using computer software called Sibelius: it is not a live recording.

Purchase

You can view and purchase the score of The Marriage of True Minds from Score Exchange.

If you wish to listen to the piece on that website, select the ‘MP3 file’ link instead of playing the embedded score for better audio quality.

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