These pieces originated in a production of Shakespeare’s play undertaken in 1993 by Epsom Girls and Auckland Grammar Schools. I was asked to provide music for several scenes. As this production set the play in early twentieth century Sicily (with all of its Mafia overtones!) some of the music took on a distinctly Mediterranean flavour. The three pieces in this suite were used with important pieces of the action in the play. The first piece is the processional which was sung by the monks, the text being taken from the Latin ‘Te Deum’. The second piece was a setting of the ‘Ave Maria’ sung during the wedding scene. The third piece was played by a small band on-stage during the ball scene, and suggests a lively tarantella.