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Mary Shelley Meets Frankenstein

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Erika Svanoe

Erika Svanoe


Subtitle: A Modern Promethean Tango


General Info

Year: 2014 / 2019
Duration: c. 4:50
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Saxophone quartet
Publisher: Swan Maiden Press
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $125.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon (optional)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone (optional)
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion I-VI, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Castanets
  • Claves
  • Drum Set
  • Gong
  • Marimba
  • Shakers
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


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Program Notes

Mary Shelley Meets Frankenstein: A Modern Promethean Tango imagines a scenario where the young author meets her own creation, the monster brought to life whom we colloquially refer to as “Frankenstein.” They meet, circling each other in a dance reflective of a tango. Mary is initially curious and sympathetic, while the creature pleads for compassion. In the moment when the two come together, Mary’s sympathy is overwhelmed by horror and she begins to panic, while the creature becomes furious with her rejection. With the final notes, we are left asking ourselves -- who is the real monster?

Commissioned by Andrew Boysen, Jr. and the University of New Hampshire Wind Symphony.

- Program Note by composer


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