Le Moliére Imaginaire (2015)

“Andrew Schultz’s new commissioned work, Le Moliére Imaginaire captured the internal nature of the ensemble: urbane, virtuosic, cultured, witty and naughty in equal measure, offering the only time in Musica Viva’s 70-year history that a performance has concluded with the words: ‘burning piss.’”[Carl Vine, “I Fagiolini’s Newcastle Concert”, Musica Viva Australia Blog, 28 July 2015]

“Australian composer Andrew Schultz spread his wings even more widely with a wicked stagey swipe at all medicos in Le Moliére Imaginaire, with text by Timothy Knapman. A candidate for entry to the profession is quizzed by fuddy-duddies who approve the use of enemas for any ailment and applaud his aim to become rich. Pretentious pig Latin. Music to match chatty exchanges, pompous fuguey patch and hypocritical chorale.”  [Elizabeth Silsbury, “I Fagiolini,” The Advertiser, 2 August 2015]

“…alluring harmonies alluding to jazz as well as harmonic dissonance. Staying true to the comedic aspect of a capella performance, there were even references to contemporary popular culture, such as Doctor Who or Renée Zellweger’s cosmetic surgery.” [Joseph Asquith, Musetiquette, 26 July 2015]

“Andrew Schultz’s quizzically witty Le Moliére imaginaire, meanwhile called for less reverence. It takes the last scene of Moliére’s The Imaginary Invalid, a mock initiation ceremony for a quack doctor, and sets pious pig-Latin words by the ‘learned’ medicos against spoken English equivalents (devised by British writer Tim Knapman).” [Peter McCallum, “I Fagiolini,” Sydney Morning Herald, 27 July 2015]

“Andrew Schultz’s setting of the last scene from Moliére’s Le Malade imaginaire, was specially commissioned by Musica Vivan for I Fagiolini’s tour.  Entitled Le Moliére imaginaire (Or: Keep Your Enemas Closer), this work should perhaps have come with a parental advisory, or maybe an advisory for more conservative members of the audience. The newly translated text is certainly in keeping with Moliére’s original idea of delivering a coruscating attack on the quackery of the medical profession, and relies heavily on scatological references, with some passing jibes at celebrities: ‘Rupertus Murdochio in magnum merdam cascado.’ If there was a mild possibility of offence at the lyrics, certainly none could be taken at the music, which leaned heavily towards the humorous rather than the ironic. Needless to say the singers delivered the work with great gusto, not least the final lines, ‘Infirmity’s eternal fountain long hard bouts of ‘burning piss.’” [Tony Way, “Review: I Fagiolini (Musica Viva) at Melbourne Recital Centre,” Limelight, 29 July 2015]