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Re: Pronounciation; Plays on CD; Multimedia
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0990.  Thursday, 8 December 1994.
 
(1)     From:   Michael Best <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 07 Dec 94 11:32:35 PST
        Subj:   Elizabethan Pronunciation
 
(2)     From:   Harry Hill <HILHAR@CONU2.BITNET>
        Date:   Wednesday, 07 Dec 1994 17:17:00 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0984  Qs: Pronounciation
 
(3)     From:   Matthew Henerson <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 7 Dec 1994 12:52:49 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0984  Qs: Pronounciation
 
(4)     From:   Michael E. Cohen <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 7 Dec 1994 16:27:57 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0984  Plays on CD
 
(5)     From:   David Levine <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 7 Dec 1994 22:32:08 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0984
 
(6)     From:   David Levine <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 7 Dec 1994 19:28:35 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0899 Interactive *H...
 
 
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From:           Michael Best <
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Date:           Wednesday, 07 Dec 94 11:32:35 PST
Subject:        Elizabethan Pronunciation
 
Perhaps not wholly what Tom Hodges wants -- but there are some passages from
Shakespeare read in what we believe is a reconstruction of Shakespeare's
dialect in the latest (CD ROM) version of my program *Shakespeare's Life and
Times*, due out at the end of this month. My colleague Antony Jenkins
(Medievalist and actor) worked from Kokeritz and others to arrive at the final
sounds, then added fine performances to them.
 
You can call Intellimation, who publishes the CD, at 1-800-3-INTELL. I shall
make a fuller announcement (commercial?) when it is released.
 
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From:           Harry Hill <HILHAR@CONU2.BITNET>
Date:           Wednesday, 07 Dec 1994 17:17:00 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 5.0984  Qs: Pronounciation
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0984  Qs: Pronounciation
 
Helge Lokeritz's Danish accent gets in the way; I thought for years after first
hearing his useful record that the Lizzies spoke like the Swedish Chef.
 
        Harry Hill
 
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From:           Matthew Henerson <
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Date:           Wednesday, 7 Dec 1994 12:52:49 -0500
Subject: 5.0984  Qs: Pronounciation
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0984  Qs: Pronounciation
 
To Tom E. Hodges:
 
I don't know of any audio tapes which replicate Renaissance pronunciation, but
if you can put your hands on John Barton's *Playing Shakespeare* video tapes,
Barton himself reads a passage from *Julius Caesar* (I think) which provides
both a feel for how the language might have sounded and enough text from which
to develop a dialect sheet (hard R's, vowel and diphthong shifts etc.)
 
Sincerely,
Matt.
 
To Carrey Cummings:
 
In addition to Brannagh's Renaissance Theater recordings (*Hamlet*, *Romeo and
Juliet*, and *King Lear*) which you should be able to find on CD at Borders or
Barnes and Noble or, I think sombody wrote and mentioned Waldens, there are at
least two discs of excerpts.  The first is called *Great Shakespearians* and
contains recordings from early part of the century (Frank Benson, Lewis Waller,
and a lot of Gielgud).  The second is a collection of readings by Irene Worth,
but I don't know its title.  Also, you should check stores which specialize in
classical music.  I know of at least two recordings of Mendlesohn's (sp?)
*Midsummer Night's Dream* which include readings of the play.  The newer one
features Peter Hall's company.
 
Good luck,
Matt.
 
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From:           Michael E. Cohen <
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Date:           Wednesday, 7 Dec 1994 16:27:57 -0800
Subject: 5.0984  Plays on CD
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0984  Plays on CD
 
Regarding Carey Cummings comment that "I think CD versions would save quite a
bit of room since it is probable that an entire play would fit on a single CD":
the CD-audio standard limits the amount of audio on a single CD to about 78
minutes. I don't think that many of Shakespeare's plays would come in at under
2 hours, so we we're talking about a two-CD set per play.
 
On the other hand, CD-ROM can reduce the frequency range, sampling depth, and
so on to provide pretty good quality for spoken word and still store about 8
hours of sound per disk. But then you would need a computer to play it, and not
an audio CD player...
 
That said, there are good reasons to put the plays on audio CD, regardless of
space: the ability to go very quickly to almost any point in the play (the same
advantage holds true for CD-ROM and laser disc).
 
Michael E. Cohen
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From:           David Levine <
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Date:           Wednesday, 7 Dec 1994 22:32:08 -0500
Subject: 5.0984
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0984
 
I was told last year that Caedmon was re-mastering and releasing its
Shakespeare plays on CD, but it hasn't happened yet, due to low demand, I
guess.  Caedmon is now distributed by HarperCollins.  I may have seen one or
two...but they can't come close to squeezing a play (two to three hours) onto
a single CD.  I don't know about Argo, but I know that both series are
available essentially complete in the UK...Blackwell's or (my favorite) James
Thin in Edinburgh.  The prices are pretty good.  And cassettes don't take up
that much room...
 
I've always found it great fun to have two, three or even more versions of
certain plays (not unlike favorite operas...).  Unfortunately, you can't play
the videotapes sold in the UK (at excellent prices) on our equipment.
 
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Date:           Wednesday, 7 Dec 1994 19:28:35 -0500
Subject: 5.0899 Interactive *H...
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0899 Interactive *H...
 
I remember a program I read about a few years back that enables students to
experiment with different blockings of scenes.  It seems to me that this sort
of program, included as part of ANY multimedia version of a Shakespeare play,
could be invaluable.
 
Also, why not use the Tony Richardson version with Nicol Williamson, which is
arguably a lot more interesting than the Zeffirelli...
 
There was also a MAGNIFICENT television production done in the '60's, filmed
at Elsinore, with Christopher Plummer.  If anyone can find a copy of this, it
would be well worth preserving.....
 

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