On Jealousy


Tenor & piano | 12'

Still from the video of On Jealousy by Nicholas Brown

First performance: Mark Milhofer (tenor) and Paul Plummer (piano), Magdalen College Auditorium, Oxford, 2002.

Score excerpt from On Jealousy by Nicholas Brown

Programme note

In 1351, Francesco Petrarca wrote a letter ‘To posterity’, which records his opinion of his life and work. Some years later, in 1359, Petrarch wrote to his friend, Giovanni Boccaccio, to deny any jealousy of Dante Alighieri. This work assembles extracts from these letters, together with passages from Dante’s Convivio, which considers the nature of envy.