Peter Maxwell Davies' 'The Medium'

Manning, Jane [Singer] (2004) Peter Maxwell Davies' 'The Medium'. (solo voice). United Kingdom : MaxOpus Music. (42 mins) compact disc.

Abstract

This 42-minute long monodrama, to a text by the composer, is a huge challenge for the vocalist, ‘a tour de force of an operatic scena’ according to Davies. Unaccompanied, the vocal line spans a vast range and features extended techniques including Sprechgesang alternating with normal singing. As in Judith Weir’s earlier 'King Harald’s Saga' (1979), which was dedicated to Manning, the singer is required to portray a number of characters: a Cockney maid, a genteel lady, an avenging priest, the Devil, a terrified novice nun, a rape victim, a rabid dog, a killer crab, and a changeling child as well as the Medium herself, who hovers on the border of sanity and insanity. A key research question was therefore to find suitably differentiated vocal styles for each of these characters. Unaccompanied, the vocal line spans a vast range and features extended techniques including Spechgesang alternating with normal singing.

Item Type: Sound Recording
Additional Information: The recording followed a number of performances of the work in the UK and Australia, notably a semi-staged presentation at the Royal College of Music, London, in 2004. This premiere recording is endorsed by the composer and was available for purchase through his website until 2007.
Uncontrolled Keywords: performing, mezzo-soprano, drama, singing, voice, technique
Research Area: Music
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Performance and Screen Studies
Depositing User: Rebecca Read
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2007
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2010 07:36
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/998

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