A timeless and heartbreaking tale, written by Alfred Tennyson in 1864, played by Dirk Roofthooft. 

Alfred Tennyson's timeless and heartbreaking tale of love and sacrifice was written in 1864, and given a delicate piano score by Richard Strauss in 1897. Set in a small harbour village, with its mill and red roofs, the story plays out against the backdrop of the English coast. Two friends, Enoch and Philip, have loved Annie Lee for as long as they can remember. When Annie chooses Enoch, Philip suffers in silence. But one day, Enoch fails to return home from a long sea voyage and Philip steps in to take care of the now fatherless family. Enoch later returns, but sees the changes that have taken place and accepts them. He hides his love, only revealing to Annie on his deathbed that he has love her all from afar all his life. 

“In the midst of the convivial tumult, Dirk Roofthooft spent an hour trying to stake out an area of quiet with ‘Enoch Arden’, a music-theatre piece for piano and voice that attempts to seek out the purity of emotions. It worked, mainly because in his concept Roofthooft opted for utter humility and was able to make a coherent combination of music, words and film.”

De Standaard - 1 December 2003

“Roofthooft’s recitation is natural and he is well able to convey both the tension and the melodrama. The film sequences that Eric De Kuyper has selected are marvellous and entirely in keeping with the atmosphere of Victorian England. Splendid natural images of a churning sea, old ships and cloudy skies. The story is syrupy in its romanticism, but also expresses deep feelings of love and sacrifice. The audience undoubtedly finds the combination of piano, words and film captivating.”

BN De Stem - 4 September 2003


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