Do You Take This Monster to be Your Lawful Wedded Husband

Do You Take This Monster to be Your Lawful Wedded Husband

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Solo for Tenor Horn and Lower Brass Band

 

Written for Ross Dunne and The Tredegar Town Band for Brass in Concert 2021 for their theme based on The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde.

 

Programme Notes

 

Soon, Dr Jekyll’s increasingly erratic behaviour and prolonged absences from home begin to worry Millicent.

On the eve of their wedding, she is overcome by a sense of fear.

Is this the man who she loves - the Doctor who administers to the sick and poor amid the squalor and deprivation?

Why does he return there night after night – only to return each morning exhausted, bedraggled, blood stained and deeply troubled?

A sad melancholy seeps deep into Millicent’s own soul as the distant sound of the bells of the local church ring out in a wedding day celebration – or warning.

The questions remain unanswered as she tries to find a meaning to her future husband’s bouts of strangeness.

Is her love enough to save him – or is she about to take a monster to be her lawful wedded husband...?

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