Ophelia, Caliban, and Miranda

Bob Chilcott
Vocal score
In stock


for SATB, piano, and optional saxophone, bass, and drum kit
Ophelia, Caliban, and Miranda puts a jazzy twist on three Shakespearean characters. With newly written texts by Charles Bennett, each of the three movements focuses in on Ophelia from Hamlet and Caliban and Miranda from The Tempest. In the funky opener, 'River Bride', the upper voices take the part of Ophelia, while the tenors and basses play a lover figure. Caliban's song, 'Ariel taught me how to play', is a reflective ballad in which the slave tells Miranda, who has escaped his advances, about the spirit helper Ariel teaching him to play the saxophone. The final movement, 'All good things come to an end', is a sassy yet tender number, where Miranda bids farewell to her beloved husband Ferdinand, declaring: 'I've gone back to the island to remember who I am'. The piano part may be played as written or serve as a guide, and a part for saxophone, bass, and drum kit is available separately for jazz quartet accompaniment.


  • River Bride (Ophelia)
  • Ariel taught me how to play (Caliban)
  • All good things come to an end (Miranda)

Additional Information

Item Number: 9780193406537
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 32
Duration: 11 Mins
Publication Date: 30/06/2016
Format: 279x216
Voices: SATB
Force: SATB & piano & opt. saxophone, bass, drum kit
Level of difficulty: B


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