Instrumentation: Full Orchestra: 3(2+1picc)222-4230, Timpani +2 percussion, strings
Duration: around 13 min
Composed in 1909, Coleridge-Taylor was commissioned by great English actor and theatre impresario Herbert Beerbohm Tree to composer incidental music for His Majesty’s Theatre London production of the Shakespeare play.
This suite comprises five movements from the incidental music. The composer put together the suite soon after the 1912 production, but sadly it’s not often performed today. The incidental music is operatic and grand in style, with both funeral and military marches, along with lyrical, intimate moments of haunting melodies, racing dances and a lilting ‘Children’s Intermezzo’ that evokes calm and innocence.
The movements are:
- Children’s Intermezzo
- Funeral March
- The Willow Song
- Military March