De Profundis - The Trials and Incarceration of Oscar Wilde
We are currently in the process of commissioning Paul Corfield Godfrey to write a new work for us to perform and record to commemorate the 170th Anniversary of Oscar Wilde's birth in October of 2024.
The plan for the piece is to be a chamber work of approximately one hour in length which comprises of two sections: a prologue which utilises the transcripts of Oscar Wilde's trials as a basis for a dialogue between the voices and then the main section of the work which uses sections of Wilde's letter he wrote to Bosey whilst incarcerated.
This will be written for Four Voices, String Quartet and Harp.
An additional small piece to be included would be a new version of A. E. Housman's poem The Colour of His Hair. Posthumously published, this poem was written in disgust at the treatment of his friend Oscar Wilde being sent to prison.
Paul Corfield Godfrey had written a previous setting of this poem but the music was subsequently used in his settings of Tolkien's The Silmarillion. We are commissioning a brand new, completely different version that would tie directly into De Profundis and use the same forces.
Our Recording Project
A libretto has been adapted by Paul Corfield Godfrey and Simon Crosby Buttle and we are currently seeking funding for the project before composition can begin in full.