Moby-Dick Overture: Music Monday

Jay Hunter Morris as Captain Ahab in Moby-Dick (2015); Photo: Craig T. Mathew

In just a few short weeks, Moby-Dick opens at LA Opera. Melville’s tale of obsession, the nature of good and evil, and the search for the elusive, titular, white whale is set to an evocative score by famed American composer, Jake Heggie (Dead Man Walking). When Heggie describes tackling the mammoth tale, he speaks of finally finding the music of Moby’s universe in four simple chords. These chords capture the spirit and yearning inherent in Melville’s story and resurface throughout the rest of the score, in a haunting fashion.

First, however, the chords make their debut in the four minute overture. Hear the music below and enter the world of Moby-Dick.

Overture to Jake Heggie’s “Moby-Dick.”

Performed by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Timothy Sexton

Moby-Dick opens at LA Opera on October 31. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

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