• Peter Maxwell Davies
  • Fool's Fanfare (1972)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)

Commissioned by the Globe Playhouse Trust Ltd

  • 2tpt.2tbnpercuke(man)
  • narrator
  • 7 min

Programme Note

One must imagine the clowns from King Lear (Lear's Fool), As You Like It (Touchstone), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Puck) and Hamlet (Gravedigger) summoned into the person of a single actor in jester's costume. He is sprung into action by a cracked fanfare from trumpets and trombones, then accompanied by a low-life ensemble of ukelele (doubling mandolin) and percussion, the brass sometimes stirring or commiserating with his madness.

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