Robert Saxton: Caritas
'Caritas' occupies an important position in Robert Saxton's output and, as Thomas argues, in British opera during the closing decades of the 20th century. Here, Thomas provides a detailed contextual setting in which to evaluate 'Caritas'.
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AGNES Alleluia anchoress Ancrene Riwle Arnold Wesker bass Bishop Henry Britten Caritas cell Ceremony Chapter children’s voices chord Christ Christine and Matilde Christine Carpenter Christine’s Christine’s song chromatic church climax commissioned composer composer’s compositions cruciﬁx cruciﬁxion deﬁned Diego Masson dramatic ensemble Example ﬁfths ﬁnal scene ﬁnd ﬁrst ﬁrst act ﬁrst performed ﬁrst scene ﬁt God’s haircloth identiﬁed Immurement inﬂuence Jesus Julian of Norwich libretto liturgical London Lord Lullaby madness martyrum Mary Mathew Matilde’s medieval Motets musical narrative Norwich oboe Opera North orchestral transition original overall Passacaglia passacaglia theme Passion Peasants pedal perhaps plainsong prayer Psalm references reﬂects Ricercar Richard Lonle Robert Saxton rumours scene 12 scene 9 score sequence sermon Shere signiﬁcant sings speciﬁed stage play story strings structure Bars sustained Table taunt Tax Collector thee There’s tonal Travelling Priest tritone Uprising vision vocal wall Wandering Jew Wat Tyler William workshop Wozzeck