An Entertainment for Narrator and Piano
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.