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Shakespeare and Music
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 3, No. 279.  Thursday, 29 October 1992.
From: 		Barbara Fister <FISTER@GACVAX1.BITNET>
Date: 		Wednesday, Oct. 28, 1992, 11:17 CST
Subject: 	Shakespeare and Music
I am posting a couple of questions for a student doing a paper for an advanced
music history class.  They are:
        --What was Shakespeare's own attitude toward music?
	--Should performances today use "authentic" music or does that use of
	Renaissance sounds alter the meaning of the music in the play as it was
	cast in Shakespeare's time (or, would a new composition more likely
	evoke the kind of response in a 20th century audience that the music of
	Shakespeare's time evoked in his audience? This more or less turns the
	notion of authenticity on its head.  Just how "authentic" is a refined
	and archaic sound when, in its time, it was the equivalent of a pop
Thanks in advance for any suggestions or comments or quibbles.
        Barbara Fister
        Gustavus Adolphus College
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