'A highly emotive score...tenderly expressing the passion between Cathy and Heathcliff' - The Cambridge Student
Composer's Note on the music
One of my primary objectives in writing Cathy was to write a musical which is driven by both the text and the music. As such, it frequently draws from classical techniques, notably in the instrumentation: a piano quintet (piano, two violins, viola, and cello). Each of the instruments represent a character, and attempt to (as much as possible) convey their character's personality. The first violin represents Cathy, soaring above the rest in flighty melodies; the second violin represents Edgar, forever chasing the first violin but never quite getting there; the viola represents Hindley, drunkenly stumbling along; the cello represents Heathcliff, brooding underneath the rest but frequently in duet with Cathy, the first violin; and the piano represents Nelly, the narrator and conscience of the musical, providing the chordal and harmonic stability that would otherwise be missing.