Past Productions Synopsis A story of order and disorder, reality and appearance and love and marriage. Theseus, Duke of Athens, and Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons are to be married and great celebrations are planned.
Overture[ edit ] The Overture in E majorOp. The Overture was written after Mendelssohn had read a German translation of the play in There was a family connection as well: The piece is also noted for its striking instrumental effects, such as the emulation of scampering 'fairy feet' at the beginning and the braying of Bottom as an ass effects which were influenced by the aesthetic ideas and suggestions of Mendelssohn's friend at the time, Adolf Bernhard Marx.
Heinrich Eduard Jacob, in his biography of the composer, said that Mendelssohn had scribbled the chords after hearing an evening breeze rustle the leaves in the garden of the family's home.
Following the first theme in the parallel minor E minor representing the dancing fairies, a transition the royal music of the court of Athens leads to a second theme, that of the lovers.
This is followed by the braying of Bottom with the "hee-hawing" being evoked by the strings. A final group of themes, reminiscent of craftsmen and hunting calls, brings the exposition to a close. The fairies dominate most of the development section, while the Lover's theme is played in a minor key.
The recapitulation begins with the same opening four chords in the winds, followed by the Fairies theme and the other section in the second theme, including Bottom's braying.
The fairies return, and ultimately have the final word in the codajust as in Shakespeare's play. The overture ends once again with the same opening four chords by the winds. Mendelssohn had turned 18 just over two weeks earlier. He had to travel 80 miles through a raging snowstorm to get to the concert,  which was his first public appearance.
After the intermission, he joined the first violins for a performance of Beethoven 's Ninth Symphony. The first British performance of the Overture was conducted by Mendelssohn himself, on 24 Juneat the Argyll Rooms in London, at a concert in benefit of the victims of the floods in Silesiaand played by an orchestra that had been assembled by Mendelssohn's friend Sir George Smart.
The producer was Ludwig Tieck. This was followed by incidental music for Sophocles' Oedipus Potsdam, 1 November ; published posthumously as Op. There are also vocal sections and other purely instrumental movements, including the Scherzo, Nocturne and Wedding March.
The vocal numbers include the song "Ye spotted snakes" and the melodramas "Over hill, over dale", "The Spells", "What hempen homespuns", and "The Removal of the Spells". The melodramas served to enhance Shakespeare's text. Act I was played without music. The Scherzo, with its sprightly scoring, dominated by chattering winds and dancing strings, acts as an intermezzo between Acts I and II.
The Scherzo leads directly into the first melodrama, a passage of text spoken over music. Oberon's arrival is accompanied by a fairy march, scored with triangle and cymbals. The second Intermezzo comes at the end of the second act. Act III includes a quaint march for the entrance of the Mechanicals.
We soon hear music quoted from the Overture to accompany the action. There is only one melodrama in Act IV. This closes with a reprise of the Nocturne to accompany the mortal lovers' sleep.
The intermezzo between Acts IV and V is the famous Wedding Marchprobably the most popular single piece of music composed by Mendelssohn, and one of the most ubiquitous pieces of music ever written. Act V contains more music than any other, to accompany the wedding feast. There is a brief fanfare for trumpets and timpani, a parody of a funeral march, and a Bergomask dance.
The dance uses Bottom's braying from the Overture as its main thematic material. The play has three brief epilogues.
The first is introduced with a reprise of the theme of the Wedding March and the fairy music of the Overture. Puck's famous valedictory speech "If we shadows have offended" is accompanied, as day breaks, by the four chords first heard at the very beginning of the Overture, bringing the work full circle and to a fitting close.A story of order and disorder, reality and appearance and love and marriage.
Theseus, Duke of Athens, and Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons are to be married and great celebrations are planned. Into the forest. Egeus brings his rebellious daughter Hermia in front of the Duke. Puck returns to the stage to talk about the scary things of night, and to sweep the doorstep, promising the couples will be happy and the house protected.
He ends the play by saying that if you feel the play (A Midsummer Night's Dream) was absurd, you need only applaud and imagine the whole thing was a dream.
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is purportedly the most-produced of all the Bard’s plays, but neither that nugget nor its cinematically friendly . Choristers from Chelmsford Cathedral as the fairies - subverted Artful Dodgers, with Sophie Bevan as Tytania in Aldeburgh festival’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Photograph: Hugo Glendinning T he Aldeburgh festival, founded by Benjamin Britten, is almost by definition a purveyor of magical midsummer nights.
Jul 13, · Casey Wilder Mott’s modern take on William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is comprised of roughly a million impure creative choices, but the most telling might be what he does to poor Nick Bottom.
In the Bard’s play, the comic relief character is eventually given the head of a /5. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is purportedly the most-produced of all the Bard’s plays, but neither that nugget nor its cinematically friendly fantasy elements has done it many favors on film.