wm199907 Webber J Crazy Jane for soprano and two orchestra
for soprano and two orchestras
A: Seven Songs for Soprano and small orchestra
B: Seven psychoises for orchestra
may be performed separately or together
WB Yeats’ set of seven Crazy Jane poems depict the madness and wisdom of an old woman reminscing about her life. They are full of extremes of bathos and sublimity and are mainly of an emotional nature. The SEVEN SONGS are a setting of Yeats’ poems and represent the surface of Crazy Jane’s mind - the SEVEN PSYCHOSIES use the same musical material as the songs but in a far more unstructured and free way, these represent the subconscious under pinnings of her mind.
The tempi of the two works are related usually in a 2:1 relationship, that is the beat in one will be twice as fast as in the other. The exception is no. VI where each bar in the psychosies is held for several bars of the corresponding song and no. 5 where the song is performed during a G.P. in the psychosis. In no. 2 the tempi need not be precise, the song proceeds at about one and a half time the speed of the psychosis. It is unimportant which orchestra finishes no. 2 first.