Nelson
A musical drama based on Horatio Nelson's life from 1793
until his death at The Battle of Trafalgar in 1805
by
Les Emmans
This short musical tells the story of Horatio Nelson's major exploits from his departure to join the Mediterranian fleet in 1793 until his death at Trafalgar in 1805. The story is narrated by a ship's officer's wife (fictitious) who reads from his "diary" and is illustrated with short acted scenes portraying life on shore and on board Nelson's ships. Traditional and period songs augmented by a few new songs in period style are used to create atmosphere. Characters portrayed include Nelson , his wife Fanny, mistress Emma Hamilton and friend Lord Hamilton, together with some colourful characters including the Bo'son, his mate, sailors, ladies of the court at Naples and some lively Italian and English wenches at dock-based taverns.
Care has been taken to make the play as true as possible to actual events, but the constraints of portraying a very complicated story in a short drama have inevitably led to some "poetic licence".
This work has been written to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar.
The writer is a Norfolk man, and also like Nelson, is "proud on at", also pleased to honour a much admired man.
A FREE copy of the play may be downloaded from this site together with FREE copies of the music, which may be performed free of charge for non-commercial activities.
This work is Les Emmans 2005
*To view a short extract of the play click HERE
*To listen to MIDI files of the music click HERE

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*To download the music in graphic format click HERE
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les @emmans.co.uk
it will make his day!

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Nelson
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