I was approached by Helen Wragg to compose and perform music for her production of ” The Odyssey” by Homer. Originally a poem written in 800 B.C.E. telling the story of a journey by the Greek hero ‘Odysseus’. Obviously the original text is in Greek, the leading english translation from is made by Samuel Butler, an adaptation for stage has recently been made by Matthew Kinloch.

Generally, my first stage of composing music for theatre (after confirming dates and fees and all manner of practical technical issues), is to get an understanding of the work itself  attempting to develop a profound comprehension of the concept and try to grasp  the directors version of the piece.

Here is a link to the original translated poem with further explanation.

http://www.online-literature.com/homer/odyssey/

 

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