This manuscript, written in Benjamin Britten’s hand, is the score for the opera based on Shakespeare’s comedic play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The character list can be seen on the left-hand page, with Puck designated a speaking role and Oberon a countertenor. The right-hand page show the opening of Act I and is titled ‘The Wood – dark night’. The instructions ‘Enter fairies, first group’ can be seen toward the lower half of the page, with the first line of ‘Over hill, over dale’ visible underneath.
- Full title:
- Excerpt from Benjamin Britten's manuscript score for A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Music / Manuscript
- Benjamin Britten
- Usage terms
© 1960 by Hawkes & Sons (London) Ltd. Reproduced by permission of Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd
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- British Library
- Add MS 60605-60608
- Article by:
- Oliver Soden
- Comedies, Magic, illusion and the supernatural, Global Shakespeare
Oliver Soden explores the challenges of creating operas based on Shakespeare’s plays.