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Philip Venables On Sarah Kane's 4.48 Psy…chosis

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English composer Philip Venables makes his Royal Opera debut with this adaptation of Sarah Kane’s powerful final work, the first time the work of this radical British playwright has been set to music.

Venables explains how ‘I chose 4.48 Psychosis because it feels like a really musical text. Of all Kane’s plays it feels like the one where she’s written some music on the page. There’s an amazing contrast of styles of text in the piece, which has been a dream to work with: it just lends itself so well to musical forms’.

No recording of 4.48 Psychosis was available at the time of recording, so excerpts of other works by Venables are used in the interview:
Klaviertrio im Geiste (0:35 and 2:10)
ANIMA (1:26)
The Revenge of Miguel Cotto (3:08)
numbers 76–80 : tristan und isolde (3:53)
numbers 91–95 (4:31)

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