Collaborative Composition at the RSC

  • Millie Taylor
Part of the Palgrave Studies in British Musical Theatre book series (PSBMT)


The research enquiry in this chapter explores two central questions: how the process of collaboration that lasts at least a year influences the music heard on the opening night; and how composition changed over time, revealing developments in production practices, stylistic changes in taste and technological innovations. To address the first part of this enquiry I look in detail at notebooks, prompt copies and scores of a number of plays and periods, comparing some of the processes and strategies with those of the early modern period and Roland Settle’s 1957 description of how to compose for theatre. Then to address the second part I consider several treatments of a single text—Macbeth—that were created at intervals during the period from 1961 to 2015. This strategy is designed to highlight some of the key changes that affected the processes of composition and the aesthetics and functions of theatre music at the RSC.


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  • Millie Taylor
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  1. 1.Department of Performing ArtsUniversity of WinchesterWinchesterUK

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