A.D. (Anno Domini)

Scope and Content

This series contains a fragment of the script for episode one of A.D. and complete drafts for episodes 2-5. It also includes score for "A.D. Prelude - Short Score", "Nero's Recitative", "Roman Lullaby" and "Organ".

See also AB/ARCH/A/KIN: The Kingdom of the Wicked.

Administrative / Biographical History

First broadcast in 1984, the five-part television series "A.D." was written by Burgess for the producer Vincenzo Labella and chronicles the early history of Christianity. Burgess composed approximately 40 minutes of music to accompany the series, comprising 14 numbers. These include "Organ in Amphitheatre (for solo organ), "Roman Lullaby" and "Nero's Song" (for voice and lyre), "Chaconne", "Meditation", and "Lamentation" (for strings or small orchestra), and "Roman March" (for brass and percussion). Other compositions are scored for full orchestra with soprano, alto, tenor, bass chorus added in the "Pentecostal Chorus". [Nero's Song forms the principal theme within Mr Burgess's Almanack, a work for chamber ensemble, completed by Burgess in 1987.]

In 1985, Kirk Mitchell published a novel based on Burgess's screenplay, titled A.D. Anno Domini. Later in that year, Burgess produced his own novelization of the scripts, titled The Kingdom of the Wicked.