Hermione: A Portrait
for SSA, Clarinet and Bass Clarinet (1978)
by Ron Hannah

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Words: Shakespeare (The Winter's Tale)
Duration: about 7 minutes

    A performance of The Winter's Tale in Oxford during the fall of 1978 resulted in my falling in love with the dignified and longsuffering Queen, Hermione, and not with her sexy young

daughter (I realized that day I was aging). I took four of her most memorable speeches and set them for womens' voices and 2 clarinets, being a clarinettist myself.

    The set was performed, and rather poorly recorded (I have not turned it into an mp3 file) in November 1979 by the Contempra Ensemble in Calgary, directed by Roberta Stephen, but its free-ranging tonality and occasional dissonance was a little beyond them. The reviewer in the Calgary Herald, David Zack, was kind however: "...the way Hannah blended the voices of eight women to present the uphill struggle of one was certainly fascinating to hear and watch."

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