Music theatre performance Into the Little Hill by George Benjamin, Martin Crimp and Ensemble Modern, programmed in Holland Festival 2007.
The English composer George Benjamin has composed only a few works for the human voice; for his lyric tale Into the Little Hill he has employed a short text by play wright Martin Crimp. The text is sung by two female singers, a soprano and a contralto, who create great dramatic tension. The orchestration chosen reinforces director Daniel Jeanneteau’s disturbing and alienating production. Crimp took his story from a famous fable, choosing The Pied Piper of Hamelin in its oldest English version, Richard Verstegan’s A Restitution of Decayed Intelligence (1605). The Ensemble Modern will provide an im¬maculate performance of the piece. Into the Little Hill will be preceded by two other pieces by Benjamin, Viola Viola for two violas and Three Miniatures for solo violin.