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All the World's a Stage

for flute and piano

Year:  2018   ·  Duration:  20m

Year:  2018
Duration:  20m

Composer:   Janet Jennings

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Janet Jennings: All the Wor...

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Shakespeare’s famous ‘All the world’s a stage’ speech (from As You Like It) provides the stimulus for these engaging character pieces for flute and piano that represent Shakespeare’s description of the ‘seven ages’ of man.

The Prologue sets the scene:

'All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.'

The Prologue is followed by seven pieces as follows: The Infant; The Whining School-boy; The Lover; A Soldier; The Justice; The Lean and Slipper'd Pantaloon; and finally Second Childishness.

Commissioned note

written for Liam Wooding

Contents note

I. Prologue
II. The Infant
III. The Whining School-boy
IV. The Lover
V. A Soldier
VI. The Justice
VII. The Lean and Slipper'd Pantaloon
VIII. Second Childishness

Text note

Shakespeare's famous 'All the World's a Stage' speech from 'As You Like it' provides the stimulus for the pieces. The words are included on the score to assist the players' interpretations.