Ruler of the Hive (2018)Symphony Orchestra and Narrator
Duration: 28 minutes | Composed: 2018 | World Premiere Hobart, Tasmania | Performed by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Aug 4 2018 | Conducted by Marko Letonja | Narration by Pamela Rabe.
Program Notes (abridged)
When first speaking with the TSO about the possibility of writing a major work incorporating text of Shakespeare, I was immediately drawn to the idea of exclusively using soliloquies by strong female characters.
In early March this year I flew over to Melbourne from the US, and I met the wonderful Pamela Rabe for the very first time. Very quickly I realized how much more research I needed to do in order to truly understand Shakespeare and his relationship with the women in his plays. It wasn’t enough to just have a vague impression of a handful of women from the Renaissance, engaged in the social and political drama of their time. So, I left Melbourne with a list of books to read, and the determination to not only know more about the women who’s monologues I’d chosen to use in my piece, but also to confront myself in them and how I really feel about feminism and gender imbalance today.
Othello Act IV, sc. 3 (line 85) EMILIA
Much Ado About Nothing (Act 4 Scene 1) BEATRICE
All's Well That Ends Well (Act 1, Scene 1, line 121) HELENA
Measure for Measure (Act 2, Scene 2, line 137) ISABELLA
The Epilogue, “As You Like It,” Act 5, Scene 4 ROSALIND.
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