The Kiss
for symphony orchestra

Scott Good
Scott Good
Composition Date: 2008
Duration: 00:20:00
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 2 x Flute
  • 1 x Oboe
  • 1 x English horn
  • 2 x Clarinet
  • 2 x Bassoon
  • 4 x Horn
  • 2 x Trumpet
  • 3 x Trombone
  • 1 x Tuba
  • 1 x Timpani
  • 2 x Percussion
  • 1 x Harp
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Unspecified bowed strings
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Full orchestra
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Programme Note:
The Kiss - program noteSeveral years ago, I attended an exhibit at the National Gallery featuring the works of the renowned French sculptor Auguste Rodin I was immediately struck by his work. In particular, his work The Kiss had a particularly profound impact on me with its sense of proportion, and physical sensuality. The bodies are in perfect balance with each other, neither one dominating the other. The Kiss originally comes from Rodin's masterpiece "The Gates of Hell". Built as a large archway, it is comprised of several tableaux depicting episodes from Dante's Inferno. The Kiss in particular tells the story of Francesca de Rimini and her adulterous affair with her husband's brother (Circle 2, Canto 5) . A tragedy for all, the jealous husband, while intruding on the lovers, kills them both - quickly for the brother at the sword, and slowly for Francesca as she is buried alive. The music is partitioned into two main themes representing the man and the woman. When performed simultaneously, they form a harmonic progression that becomes a central idea in its own right. After an extended atmospheric introduction in which the core harmonies are eluded to, the bassoon introduces the man's theme, which is melancholy and lyric in nature. The more exotic and almost improvisational woman's theme follows in the oboe. In a way, I am not only trying to depict the characters of the story but also to explore archetypal narratives as realized by Rodin's sculptural interpretation. Thus, the man's melody embodies a desire for fulfillment, and the woman's fantasia-like theme refers to the illusive and complicated promise of that desire.

Premiere Information:
National Arts Centre
Jan, 2008
National Arts Centre Orchestra
David Lockington


  • Call Number:
  • MI 1100 G646ki
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • March 13, 2013
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (32 p.) ;
    32 Pages
    Height: 43 cm
    Width: 28 cm
    Parts page count: 324
    34 parts (available for rental) ([324] p.) ;
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
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