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Locke's Theatre

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Locke’s Theatre, an orchestral work in three short movements, takes as its departure point incidental music written for Shakespeare’s The Tempest by the seventeenth-century English composer Matthew Locke. Aspects of Locke’s idiosyncratic and daringly advanced harmonic and rhythmic language were to be adopted (some might say perfected) by his younger friend and protégé Henry Purcell. But it is the very rawness and directness of Locke’s theatre music that I wished to acknowledge and emulate. 
In each of my work's three movements – entitled respectively ‘The First Music’, ‘Rustic Music’, and ‘Curtain Music (with Storm)’ – the baroque originals, though very often submerged, remain a constant, shadowy presence. Locke’s Theatre was commissioned by the Aldeburgh Festival to mark the centenary of Benjamin Britten’s birth. Ryan Wigglesworth

Orchestral Cast

pic., vib(bow), xly, bells, tri, clash cym, 2 sus cym, Chinese cym(bow), Sizz cym, Antique cym, tam-t, clave, 4s.d., b.d., tamb, 4templeblck, 2 anvils, whip)-2hp.cel-str( min)


I The First Music
II The First Music (double)
III Rustic Music
IV Rustic Music (double)
V Curtain Music
VI Curtain Music (double)

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Locke's Theatre
for orchestra
Performance material
Schott Music Ltd., London
Year of composition:
17 ′
World Premiere:
November 22, 2013 · Snape (UK)
Snape Maltings Concert Hall
Britten Centenary Concert
Conductor: Oliver Knussen · BBC Symphony Orchestra

Organizer: Aldeburgh Music
Commissioned work :
Commissioned by Aldeburgh Music for the Britten centenary

Technical Details

Product number:
LSL 10362

Preview/Media Contents



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    Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth
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    Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth
    Orchestra: Hallé Orchestra
    May 4, 2017 | Manchester (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) , The Bridgewater Hall
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