Arnold, Samuel: Incidental Music for Macbeth (AE089) – sheet music


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Arnold, Samuel (1740-1802)

Product Code: AE089
Description: Incidental Music for Macbeth
Edited by: Robert Hoskins
Year of Publication: 1997
Instrumentation: fl 2ob fag 2cor 2clno tamb 2vn va vc/b
Binding: Score: Spiral / Parts: Unbound
Duration: 18 min(s)
ISBN: 1-877170-89-5

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Samuel Arnold (1740-1802) was the most popular composer for the London stage of the late 18th-century. Among his greatest successes were The Castle of Andalusia (1782), an early gothic fantasy, and Inkle and Yarico (1787), the first anti-slavery opera. The Incidental Music to Macbeth (1778) is one of a half-dozen ‘Shakespeare’ pieces by Arnold. The focus of Arnold’s music for the play is ‘Scottishness’; five of the eight pieces are based on Scottish folksong and two are new composed in quasi-Scots style. All the music is intended to engender strong associative qualities with Scottish feudal society.

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