Gothic Project

Guest Conducting Concert Programmes and Productions 

Gothic Stories, Great Scot and Black Magic 

Exploring the world of Polidori's The Vampyre, Macpherson's Ossian, Shelly's Frankenstein, and Apel and Laun's Tales of the Dead, conductor Simon Murphy's new Gothic Project brings the early Romantic obsession with the supernatural to life with a new series of exciting and innovative guest conducting productions in a number of presentation forms. Featuring arias and spoken word interwoven with orchestral works, Murphy's new Gothic productions include two orchestral concert programmes Black Magic and Great Scot, and the staged concert production, Gothic Stories.

Designed for either modern symphony orchestras or large scale period instrument orchestras, Murphy's hand-tailored Gothic productions are now available internationally in ready-to-go form. Black Magic and Great Scot feature arias and spoken word accompanying a selection of powerful orchestral works. Gothic Stories features a soprano soloist as well as an international/locally known actress in the role of presenter/storyteller. Spoken texts are available in either German or English.

Murphy recently successfully premièred his Gothic Project, with a performance of the first in his new series of Gothic symphonic programmes, Black Magic, in The Hague's Philipszaal. 

Enriching programming, enhancing performance and engaging audiences

Delivering attractive and highly distinctive additions to orchestras' concert season programming and festivals, Murphy's guest conducting projects offer orchestras fresh repertoire, an imaginative musical approach and compelling performance results – appealing to musicians, management and audience members alike. Each of Murphy's guest conducting packages features completely marked-up orchestra performance material (scores and parts), all necessary planning information, a selection of audio/visual promotional material, complete vocal texts and programme notes.

Murphy's new Gothic productions complement his growing series of successful guest conducting programmes which include the titles Empress of Pleasure, It's About Time, Ein Heldenleben, Composers' Paradise and Heaven on Earth. Related to the theme of the supernatural is a further, newly developed, concert programme entitled Once Upon a Time / Happily Ever After.


Gothic Programme and Production Details

Staged/Dressed Concert Show

Gothic Stories 

Readings from Polidori's The Vampyre, Shelley's Frankenstein, and Apel and Laun's Das Gespensterbuch (Book of Ghosts/Tales of the Dead)
Spoken Word/Recitation/Declamation with texts by Shakespeare, Bürger, Ossian/Macpherson and Goethe with music by Reichardt (Macbeth), Rust (Colma's Klage) and Gade (Echoes of Ossian)
Music from Marschner's Der Vampyr, Spohr's Faust and Weber's Der Freischütz

Concert Programmes 

Great Scot 

F. Mendelsson-Bartholdy Symphony no. 3 in A minor Scottish
F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Overture Fingal's Cave
N. Gade Echoes of Ossian
F.W. Rust Colma's Klage (Melodrama by/from Ossian/Macpherson/Goethe)
J.F. Reichardt Letztes Lied des Harfenspielers
J.L. Dussek Within a Mile from Edinburgh
S. Pavesi Overture Fingallo e Comala

Black Magic

C.M. von Weber Overture to Der Freischütz
W.A. Mozart Overture to Die Zauberflöte
H. Marschner Overture to Der Vampyr
Arias by J.F. Reichardt, W.A. Mozart, C.M. von Weber, H. Marschner and A. Lortzing
L. Spohr Overture to Faust
F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Piano Concerto no. 1 in G minor /
F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy selections from A Midsummer Night's Dream
C.M. von Weber Overture to Oberon

Package Details 

Each of Simon Murphy's guest conducting packages features completely marked-up orchestral performance material (scores and parts), necessary planning information, a selection of audio/visual promotional material, complete vocal texts and programme notes. 

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Programmes and Programme Concepts © Simon Murphy, 2013