Mary Shelley Meets Frankenstein:
A Modern Promethean Tango (2019)
Commissioned by Andrew Boysen, Jr. and the University of New Hampshire Wind Symphony
Concert Band, Grade 5 | 5:00
Mary Shelley Meets Frankenstein: A Modern Promethean Tango imagines a scenario where the young author meets her own creation, the monster brought to life whom we colloquially refer to as “Frankenstein.” They meet, circling each other in a dance reflective of a tango. Mary is initially curious and sympathetic, while the creature pleads for compassion. In the moment when the two come together, Mary’s sympathy is overwhelmed by horror and she begins to panic, while the creature becomes furious with her rejection. With the final notes, we are left asking ourselves—who is the real monster? Self-published, 2019.
The above is a recording from the premiere performance by the University of New Hampshire Wind Symphony, conducted by Andrew Boysen, Jr.