Two ballet scenes for The Masque of the Red Death
Kirschner, Aaron J.
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This project is part of an adaptation of Edgar Alan Poe's short story "The Masque of the Red Death" into a ballet. The music is scored for a chamber orchestra with single winds and brass, piano, two percussionists, and string quintet. The two scenes presented herein are the opening two of the ballet. The first scene ("The Red Death Had Long Devastated the Country") depicts the eponymous disease consuming the population. In the second scene ("The Prince Prospero & the March to the Walled Abbey") Prospero attempts to ignore the plague and retire to his walled abbey. While his message is beautiful on its own, it is in constant disharmony with the world in which he now lives. The music reflects tlus, with the Prince often in the wrong key. The scene concludes with the Prince and his knaves marching to the abbey.
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