H. M. S. PINAFORE
April 17, 1999
We thought this might be an opportunity to clarify some points which have been raised in the recent publicity.
Helga and I have reflected on the CBS interview, and we would suggest to Neil and all of you that our initial announcement explained the situation best. A substantial portion of the original vocal lines can be confirmed with certainly or near certainty in the following places:
a) The entire refrain, which is about twice as long as that of the Duke's song in Patience. The melodic line (Josephine's) and the harmony line (The Captain's) are quite obviously shadowed in the orchestral accompaniment and there is little room for a significant variant reconstruction.
b) The final phrase of the verse is also strongly confirmed, first by the octave scoring in the strings which most probably doubled the Captain's melody, and at the end of the phrase by voice cues in two band parts.
The remainder of the verse has had to be reconstructed from the context provided by the orchestration, which does not contain much melodic material.
However, I could also have mentioned that in the case of Helga's and mine, we are both experienced performers: I was trained as a singer and organist as well as a conductor, Helga is a percussionist and double bassist, so we are both well aware of the performing issues. Most musicologists have some performing experience, but it is probably fair to say that we are more engaged in that way than many.
In addition, we have had the input of the singers and pianist (who is also a respected coach) when preparing the demonstration tape played at the STS, and we have actively encouraged feedback and suggestions from the artists who will be performing the music at Buxton.
We hope this assists in the understanding of what we have done.
Bruce I. Miller