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Shakespeare in Music
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 2, No. 45. Sunday, 10 Feb 1991.
 
(1)   Date:    Sat, 09 Feb 91 19:38 EST                      (21 lines)
      From:    "Joe Pellegrino"                            <JOEP@UNC>
      Subject: Shakespeare in Music
 
(2)   Date:         Sun, 10 Feb 91 14:02:54 EST              (34 lines)
      From:         Ken Steele <
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      Subject:      Folger Consort CD
 
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Date:    Sat, 09 Feb 91 19:38 EST
From:    "Joe Pellegrino"                            <JOEP@UNC>
Subject: Shakespeare in Music
 
Lawrence Schimel recently asked about instances of Shakespeare in music.
While I can't provide an adequate list in pop music, I may be able to
suggest some directions in classical.  I remember a setting by Roger
Quilter of "O Mistress Mine,"  a rhythmically difficult piece.  I
believe that it was part of a larger set of Shakespeare songs.  Britten
may also have done a set of these.  I know of his "Serenade to Music"
which culls lines from Shakespeare in homage to music.  It was
originally written for 16 soloists, but now, when it is performed at
all, is reserved for a larger chorus.  Francis Guentner, of St. Louis
University, has recently edited two or three madrigal settings of songs
from Shakespeare.  Again, I can't recall the composers, but the pieces
were "Sigh No More, Ladies," and "Hark, Hark, the Lark at Heav'n's Gate
Sings."  The New Grove is the place to check this all out.
 
Joe Pellegrino
UNC-Chapel Hill
 
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Date:         Sun, 10 Feb 91 14:02:54 EST
From:         Ken Steele <
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Subject:      Folger Consort CD
 
Although it may not be the best collection of Shakespearean and
Renaissance music and lyrics available, I recently ordered the
compact disk of *The Folger Consort: A Distant Mirror: Music of
the Fourteenth Century and Shakespeare's Music* from the Folger
Memorial Shakespeare Library Gift Shop.  (If anyone is interested,
they do have a catalogue and I may be able to find the mailing address.)
 
The "Shakespearean" tracks include the following:
 
"It was a Lover and his Lass" - Thomas Morley  (2:31)
Witches Dance I - Anon./Masque (1:41)
The Willow Song - Anon. (2:09)
Witches Dance II - Anon./Masque (1:36)
Suite from the Fairy Queen (I) - Henry Purcell (5:59)
Full Fathom Five - Henry Purcell (2:21)
The Willow Song - Pelham Humphrey (1:43)
Come Unto These Yellow Sands - Henry Purcell (1:22)
The Owl - Thomas Arne (2:38)
Blow, Blow Thou Winter's Wind - Thomas Arne (1:48)
Where the Bee Sucks - Thomas Arne (2:17)
Suite from the Fairy Queen (II) - Henry Purcell (7:34)
 
As the title suggests, the CD also contains 17 medieval Latin and French
hymns and lyrics.
 
If any SHAKSPEReans know of any other collections of Shakespearean
music readily available on CD or cassette, please let me know.
 
                                                 Ken Steele
                                                 University of Toronto
 

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