• Gabriel Yared
  • Clavigo (2000)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)

Directed by Francois Roussillon

  • 3(pic)2.ca.2.bcl.2.cbn/4331/timbales/3perc/pf.hp/str
  • 1 hr 27 min

Programme Note

Inspired by Goethe’s early romantic play, Clavigo recounts the agonies of a week-willed lover torn between the bidding of his heart and his evil spirit urging him to serve his own interests, leading him to forsake true love in favour of a life of debauchery.

Gabriel Yared: "Clavigo does not have a main theme, strictly speaking, but I focused on the innocent, poignant figure of Marie. She inspired me with a lyric theme which recurs three times, each time under a new guise.
I definitely did not want to write ‘period’ music. On the contrary, I tried to use the greatest variety of styles, to explore the various types of music I like, for the sheer pleasure of composing music one could dance to.”