Twelfth Night

Music for Theater, Vocal Music/11'/Difficulty - Medium/2001

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Music from Twelfth Night

Music from Twelfth Night
Jesse Lenat, vocals
Mary Medrick, accordion
Gale Hess, violin and mandolin
Jan Ryberg, guitar

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This was my first – and so far, only – experience writing music for a professional theater production. It was a fantastic experience, and I fear that I may have become a bit spoiled. The production had music played live every night by some great musicians from the Dallas area. The show also featured four songs with text by Shakespeare and music by me.

I admit to being rather nervous about accepting this project, as writing music to Shakespeare is a daunting task, and one that would aggrandize my inadequacies to a large audience night after night, but now I can’t wait to do it again.

I must thank Jesse Lenat, who played the role of Feste the Clown and sang all of the songs. (Jesse, no newcomer to singing on stage, created roles in the original production of RENT and FLOYD COLLINS, among others.) My songs could have seemed overly-sweet with another singer, but Jesse gave them a beautiful edge and made them completely sincere. I couldn’t have been happier with Jesse’s performance and more grateful for his tremendously valuable input during the creation of the songs. He also played mandolin in two of the songs.

I also can’t go without thanking the other wonderful musicians, Mary Medrick (accordion and music director), Gale Hess (violin and mandolin), and Jan Ryberg (guitar).

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February 28, 2001

Dallas Theater Center

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Dallas Theater Center