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Macbeth (a ballet in two acts)

Premiered by Ballet de Santiago Chile on 22nd March 1991 in Santiago, Chile.

Based on the play by Shakespeare.

Choreography - André Prokovsky.
Music - David Earl
Sets and Costumes - Robin Don
Lighting - Bernardo Trumper
Philharmonic Orchestra de Santiago
Conductor - Miguel Patron Marchand

Act One

1. Prelude (0:00)
2. Battle – Macbeth victorious. (1:25)
3. Macbeth meets the witches. (4:35)
4. Macbeth considers the prophesies. (9:16)
5. Macbeth rejoins his troops; re-appearance of witches. (11:16)
6. Lady Macbeth reads her husband's letter; he returns. (14:02)
7. Arrival of King Duncan. (20:35)
8. Lady Macbeth plants seeds of destruction; Macbeth sees daggers all around him; goes to murder Duncan. (22:26)
9. Lady Macbeth waits. (27:59)
10. The porter is woken. (31:05)
11. Murder discovered; Duncan borne away. (32:53)
12. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth exult. (35:19)
13. Macbeth dreams of Banquo's threat. (37:52)
14. Banquo flees but is murdered. (40:34)
15. Banquet: formal dance. (43:10)
16. Entertainment by jugglers. (46:13)
17. Banquo's ghost appears. (49:08)
18. Lady Macbeth dances for the guests; Banquo re-appears. (51:36)
19. Macbeth suffers a breakdown. (55:47)

Act Two

1. Prelude (57:10)
2. Reign of terror. (57:49)
3. Witches' coven. (1:01:51)
4. Visit of Macbeth. (1:04:39)
5. Vision of kings. (1:06:17)
6. Macduff as threat. (1:09:26)
7. Macduff with his wife and children. (1:09:58)
8. Murderers approach them; all but Macduff are killed. (1:14:19)
9. Lady Macbeth sleepwalks. (1:17:33)
10. Macduff rallies soldiers to overthrow Macbeth. (1:23:22)
11. Macbeth deranged by guilt; Lady Macbeth commits suicide. (1:26:53)
12. Macbeth calls for arms. (1:31:12)
13. Approach of the moving wood; battle; Macduff kills Macbeth. (1:31:56)
14. Epilogue: The witches enclose the scene. (1:37:44)

Sangharakshita Songs

1. Bamboos (0:18)
2. The Evening Walk (3:56)
3. The Secret (6:55)
4. Longing (9:52)
5. Man's Way (11:52)
6. Peace (14:26)
7. Messengers from Tibet (17:53)
8. The Bodhisattva (22:05)

Poems - Urgyen Sangharakshita
Music - David Earl

Filmed by Surya Williams at The Festival Theatre, Cambridge Buddhist Centre, on Saturday 27th October 2018.

Graham Titus, baritone
David Earl, pianist
Michael Lunts, reader

Special thanks to:
Tejasiddhi, Cambridge Buddhist Centre
Mahasraddha, The Abhayaratna Trust
Bárbara Sousa, assistant camera operator
Julian-David Vincent - page turner

Download poem texts

Darshanas

Darshan – from Sanskrit, meaning "to see or glimpse a vision or apparition" – is normally defined as an auspicious sight of a holy person or guru, which bestows merit on the one who beholds such an individual. The word can mean both "seeing" and "being seen".

The poet Gary Snyder likens it to "...a gift: the moment in which the thing is ready to let you see it – a source of a certain kind of inspiration for creativity. You get a view of the Himalayas from the foothills, and an Indian person would say, 'Ah, the Himalayas are giving you their darshana'; they're letting you have their view. This comfortable, really deep way of getting a sense of something takes time. It doesn't show itself to you right away. It isn't even necessary to know the names of things the way a botanist would. It's more important to be aware of the 'suchness' of the thing; it's a reality."

The three movements of Darshanas open out the implications of such an experience.

Recorded in the Old Library, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, 11 September, 2017.

Strange Ghost - Highlights

Highlights of Strange Ghost, a two-act opera written to mark the centenary of Rupert Brooke's death in April 1915.

First performances took place at the Festival Theatre, Cambridge Buddhist Centre, in December 2015.

Composer - David Earl; librettist - Juliet Jenkin.

Full details at www.RupertBrookeOpera.com

Strange Ghost - Act Two Scene Two

Goitsemang Lehobye as Taatamata and James Schouten as Rupert Brooke in Act Two Scene Two of Strange Ghost, a two-act opera written to mark the centenary of Rupert Brooke's death in April 1915.

First performances took place at the Festival Theatre, Cambridge Buddhist Centre, in December 2015.

Composer - David Earl; librettist - Juliet Jenkin.

Full details at www.RupertBrookeOpera.com

Piano Quintet

David Earl performs his Piano Quintet with the Odeion Quartet (Denise Sutton & Sharon de Kock, Violins; Jeanne-Louise Moolman, Viola; Anmarri van der Westhuizen, Cello). Recorded at Hiddingh Hall, Cape Town, 22nd August 2010.

You can also watch the four movements as separate videos on Youtube.

Wind and Wings

Wind and Wings - performed by Cambridge Contemporary Dance and Cecily Beer (harp), David Curington (oboe), Chloe Grover (flute), Christopher O'Beirne (clarinet).

Music - David Earl; Choreography - Vanessa Fenton. Created for "Experience Dante" at Robinson College 26th April 2009.

Filmed by Claude Schneider at the performance on 23rd June 2009.

Piano Concerto No. 2

David plays his Piano Concerto No.2 with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Kern.

Recorded at Cape Town City Hall on 18th November 2007.