oboe, trumpet in B flat, percussion (1 player), 2 violins, viola, double bass
percussion: shaker, vibraphone, kick drum, [snare drum, temple bowl]*
N.B. each instrumentalist represent a named character; the oboist plays the father; the trumpeter plays the director; the first violinist plays the mother; the second violinist plays the step-daughter; the violist plays the son; the double bass and percussion act as chorus. All instrumentalists deliver the libretto while playing the score and, if possible, move around a stage area as if acting the scene in a theatre, with entrances and exits.
*The snare drum and temple bowl represent characters as well, playing the parts of ‘The Boy’ and ‘The Girl’ respectively. As a result, they are not kept with the other three percussion instruments as part of the ‘percussion’ bank, but are moved around the stage by the cast as if they were characters (and so the percussionist must travel to them.)
Sei personaggi in cerca d’autore by Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936), translated and adapted by the composer
commissioned by Britten Sinfonia Academy for the Fitzwilliam Museum