Instrumentation

3(III=picc).2.ca.2.bcl.ssax.2 – 4.3.2.btrbn.1 – timp – perc(3):tam-t/BD/susp.cym/TD/2 SD/mark tree/vib/bell/tgl/tamb/ vibraslap/bell in water - harp - soprano voice - synth - strings

Availability

Score and parts for hire

Programme Notes

In the original scoring for this production, the Greeks were represented by a saxophone quartet, the Trojans by a brass quintet. Although reorchestrated for more conventional forces, a wailing soprano sax still depicts the agony of the Greek champion Achilles and his refusal to fight. David Suchet played Achilles in this uncompromising version directed by Terry Hands. "The final half-hour is brilliant, the battle skirmishes harshly staged in relentless cross beams to the accompaniment of a Waltonesque soundtrack by Nigel Hess." (Michael Coveney, Financial Times)

Troilus and Cressida

Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre (London, United Kingdom)

Sir Derek Jacobi, Samantha Bond, Morgan Pearse, Cantus Ensemble, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Nigel Hess

Troilus and Cressida

Cadogan Hall (London, United Kingdom)

Gemma Arterton, Sir Patrick Stewart, Michael Dore, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Metro Voices, Nigel Hess