"Originally the music was called
'Mystery Play', but I read a poem by Robert Graves and it seemed to embody some of the things that my piece was about and I used that title rather than Mystery Play.
Extract from 'SECRET THEATRE' by Robert Graves When from your sleepy mind the day's burden Falls like a bushel sack on a barn floor, Be prepared for music, for natural mirages And for the night's incomparable parade of colour. It is hours after midnight now, a flute signals Far off; we mount the stage as though at random Boldly ring down the curtain, then dance out our love.
"In Secret Theatre I divide
the music into two. There is music which is conceived horizontally and music which is conceived vertically. The people who play the music that is conceived horizontally - the tune if you like, stand up and play and the rest of them, playing the vertical music, the accompaniment, are sitting down."