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by Guy Woolfenden

duration 6 minutes


1 flute/piccolo, 1 clarinet, 1 bassoon, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, 1 trombone, 2 percussion, keyboard.


Sweet Swan is a set of variations on a tune written for a production of The Winter’s Tale by John Barton, to whom it is affectionately dedicated. One of Autolycus’s songs (But shall I go mourn?) was set to the melody in question and this tune was transformed into the music for the famous Monument Scene where Leontes witnesses the apparent coming to life of the statue of his much wronged wife, Hermione.

In Sweet Swan the composer imagines Shakespeare himself coming back to life, and, leaving his lonely monument in the Bancroft Gardens, takes a brief look around the town of his birth, before returning to his place as midnight strikes.


CHAN 9812 A Shakespeare Celebration

Musicians of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre

conducted by the composer



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