"Chopin and The Nightingale"
- a musical drama or a dramatic reading
with music - is set in six acts for narrator, piano, soprano
and mezzo soprano (or two sopranos). The music provides
flexibility for a performance of 60-75 minutes.
music: Bellini, Chopin and Meyerbeer, two of Jenny Lind's Scandinavian signature-songs
and a mazurka arrangement by Pauline Viardot.
Jenny Lind sang a
to Chopin's Mazurka, op. 24/3 (act 6) twice for Queen
Victoria in 1855-1856.
Photos from Lake George, NY.
act unfolds by the narrator citing some of Chopin's letters
to family and friends. The letters mirror to a
surprising degree quotes taken from Hans.Christian
the fairytale he wrote as a tribute to Jenny Lind in
Playwrights: Cecilia and Jens Jorgensen
(Icons of Europe), based on their
Jenny Lind's 'Method' and
They hold all rights on productions resulting from
seamlessness of great European culture
After the Warsaw premiere, H.E.
Mr Charles Crawford, British Ambassador to Poland, wrote to
the Foreign Office in London about the performance:
"The musical drama ingeniously brought together
historical and musical elements from all over Europe ... to
bring out the seamlessness of great European culture."
Platform for advocacy on Europe,
The drama provides a platform for advocacy or debate on, for example,
Europe's diversity /
identity, the need to fight TB today,
or symbolism in the arts
of the 19th C.
Available in book form
"Chopin and The
Nightingale" is.now available as a
print-on-demand hardcover book with the complete script, music
repertoire, rare scores, colour images and more.
It is enjoyable to study the book. It could also be
used as a manual for a production with music by Chopin,
Bellini, Liszt and Meyerbeer as well as with arrangements by Jenny
Lind and Pauline Viardot.
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Book income donated to the
Icons of Europe TB Fund.