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Original Music and Sound Design

The Merry Wives of Windsor

by William Shakespeare

Clarence Brown Theatre, University of Tennessee Knoxville 2011

Director Kate Buckley
Scenic Designer Kerry Lee Chipman
Costume Designer Kyra Beanland
Lighting Designer Noele Stollmack
sound Designer Joe Payne

Music composed by Joe Payne ©2006 and ©2011.

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The Merry Wives of Windsor is an energetic comedy bursting with lust for life, eccentric characters and an exploration of the diversity of language. The story contains a whirlwind of activity - true love, false love, revenges, jealousies, deceptions, even cruelty are found in this play. Here no selfish act goes unpunished but as in all of Shakespeare's comedies, we always find forgiveness and acceptance. The play's essential philosophy is found in the text: "What cannot be eschewed, must be embraced."

What began as a remount of a production that Kate and I did at The Utah Shakespearean Festival in 2006, became a delightful new and orginal version full of energy and fun. This demo contains new orchestrations of the old show theme and Falstaff's bassoon, new compositions of a creepy forest, the Garter Inn, the Fairies, and the Chase, and the lively atmosphere of Windsor. The voice you will hear in Pinch Him was performed by me for this demo and to teach the actor, but was beautifully sung by Kathryn E. Hale, Queen of the Fairies, in the actual production.

The Merry Wives of Windsor music and fx demo