The Beautifull Cassandra (1997)

An Entertainment for Narrator and Piano   17 minutes

Jane Austen wrote The Beautifull Cassandra when she was about twelve.  Her youthful writings show wonderfully playful high spirits, and this is a parody of the sentimental novels of her age.  The extreme brevity of each chapter is part of the fun – some of them are only a sentence long.  One amusing convention is the replacement of some of the characters’ surnames with dashes – implying that this is a true story, and the identity of these individuals must be kept a secret.

There are twelve chapters, one in each of the twelve major keys.

Text: Jane Austen

First performance: 27th October 1997, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill.