The Curse of Rome

Kenneth Doren

2008, 05:20 minutes, colour, English


“The Curse of Rome” for solo voice subverts Shakespeare’s text of “Julius Caesar” to the restructuring of melodies based on British baroque composer Henry Purcell. Shakespeare’s text has been edited and expanded upon to collapse the play’s characters into a new single fictional character that represents the zeitgeist of our past and present times. The lyrics form a contrast to the sacred and British sovereign compositions that Purcell is known for. This work continues my research and practice into varied forms of musical interventions that engage a political discourse utilizing singing to decode the subject.

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