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Histrionica was first performed at Kettle's Yard, Cambridge in March 2006 by Anton Lukoszevieze and members of the Cambridge Gamelan Society.
Histrionica is a melodrama for 'cello and gamelan instruments. The melodrama is abstract, but is perhaps best described as being the sonification of an extreme counselling session between a histrionic client and a very calm counsellor (or vice versa). The 'cello is the client. As might be expected, there is a coming together at the end. I actually wanted to avoid this - I wanted to keep the client and counsellor apart, but I'm afraid the romance of the situation overcame me and we finish with a gentle and contemplative chorale.
E.M.Forster expressed it elegantly at the end of 'A Passage to India':
'Why can't we be friends now?' said the other, holding him affectionately. 'It's what I want. It's what you want.'