This page is a repository for some of the incidental music I’ve composed for productions at the Loft Theatre. Most of the links provided here are to inferior MIDI approximations of these pieces, but I hope in time to add more MP3 files containing the original studio recordings.
(The copyright in all the compositions represented here is owned by me. They may be downloaded for private listening, but may not be used for any other purpose without my consent.)
Pericles, Prince of Tyre
The co-directors of this October 2000 production wanted to use a variety of musical styles to represent the different lands and cultures that Pericles encounters on his wanderings around the Mediterranean. Most of this came from existing tracks that they’d chosen themselves; but they asked me to write the music for the scenes in Pentapolis, and also an overarching theme for the play.
I adopted a new style of working for this production, in which I first created prototypes of all the pieces on the PC, using Cakewalk software. These could then be converted to MIDI files and emailed to the directors for approval, adjusting the arrangements as necessary until they were satisified. The MIDI files then formed "templates" for the recording sessions with the band, allowing us to progressively replace individual tracks with real instruments in the studio, or in some cases (mostly the percussion tracks) leaving the MIDI version in the final mix.
No, not the Welsh lounge singer, but the bawdy 18th century novel by Henry Fielding – or rather the stage production of it mounted at the Loft in July 1999, for which I composed around 25 minutes of music. Some of this I recorded myself at home, and some with my erstwhile colleagues Dave Chamberlain and Barry Gidden in Barry’s home studio.
The Winter’s Tale
In this Shakespeare production I played the travelling pedlar-cum-rogue, Autolycus. I had a number of songs to sing unaccompanied, and wrote the tunes for some of them myself. Autolycus’ first appearance (in Act IV, Scene 3) is singing the song When Daffodils Begin To Appear, to which I added a couple of harmony lines for some of the other characters to sing. For the MIDI version, I’ve jazzed up the last verse with some bass and drums! (This file also includes lyrics.)
I directed Willy Russell’s one-woman play in September 1998, and found time also to produce a number of pieces of music to link (and occasionally underscore) the various scenes.
The Farndale play
At the beginning of 1998, I had fun composing a very silly theme for the fictional ladies of the Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society, who brought their mystery thriller Murder At Checkmate Manor to the Loft stage. For no good reason, I called it The Farndale Rag (it’s not in rag time, but sounds like it might be).
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