Geoffrey Bush: Lord Arthur Savile's Crime
An Opera In One Act - a study in love, duty and counterpoint Libretto by the composer from the short story by Oscar Wilde.
Bush (1920-1998) was a composer with strong connections to the world of theater and British dramatic literature, and this close relationship with dramatic art is well decipherable in his operatic work - he composed 6 operas throughout his career - as is the Case of Lord Arthur Savile's Crime. The original tale of Oscar Wilde unfolds in a romanticized, Victorian London.
With a cast of 10 singers that correspond perfectly to Bush's writing, where lyricism and recitation are preponderant, and the vocal melodic line, often almost recitative, occupies a place of unequivocal supremacy, here and there punctuated with interjections Instrumental, usually triggered by the piano, with an accompaniment (to the charge of the Musicians of London) simplistic both from the point of view of instrumental staff (chamber orchestra) and writing itself. Here we have an unequivocal example of how the relationship with the theatrical context assumes great preponderance in the work of Geoffrey Bush.