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Re: Shakespeare and Modern Music
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0405.  Wednesday, 2 April 1997.

[1]     From:   Alison Horton <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 1 Apr 1997 10:42:28 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0393  RE: Shakespeare in Modern Music

[2]     From:   William D Walsh <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 1 Apr 1997 16:00:50 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Shakespeare in modern music (fwd)

[3]     From:   Walter Cannon <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 1 Apr 1997 14:57:49 -0600 (CST)
        Subj:   RE: SHK 8.0388  Qs: Sh. Mod. Music

[4]     From:   Adrian Kiernander <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 02 Apr 1997 12:00:43 +1000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0389  Re: Shakespeare and Modern Music


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From:           Alison Horton <
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Date:           Tuesday, 1 Apr 1997 10:42:28 -0800
Subject: 8.0393  RE: Shakespeare in Modern Music
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0393  RE: Shakespeare in Modern Music

I used to have an album by Holly and The Italians which began with a
paraphrase from Twelfth Night: "Some people are born great, some achieve
greatness, and then there are those that have greatness thrust upon
them."

Alison Horton

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From:           William D Walsh <
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Date:           Tuesday, 1 Apr 1997 16:00:50 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Shakespeare in modern music (fwd)

Here are a couple more:

Rush-"Limelight", from _Moving Pictures_ (1981), contains a paraphrase
of (_AYL_ 2.7.139-40)

Metallica-"Damage, Inc.", from _Master of Puppets_ (1986), contains a
paraphrase of (_Mac._ 3.4.122)

Bill Walsh

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From:           Walter Cannon <
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Date:           Tuesday, 1 Apr 1997 14:57:49 -0600 (CST)
Subject: 8.0388  Qs: Sh. Mod. Music
Comment:        RE: SHK 8.0388  Qs: Sh. Mod. Music

Regarding Georgianna Ziegler's query about Shakespeare in/and modern
music:  I don't know if the jazz settings by Dankworth and others and
sung beautifully by Cleo Laine on the "Wordsongs" album are "modern"
enough, but this album consists mostly of Shakespeare-songs from plays,
some sonnets (18, 40, 147) and other bits-all in the jazz idiom. Try it;
you'll like it.

Walter Cannon

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From:           Adrian Kiernander <
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Date:           Wednesday, 02 Apr 1997 12:00:43 +1000
Subject: 8.0389  Re: Shakespeare and Modern Music
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0389  Re: Shakespeare and Modern Music

Nobody's mentioned the wonderful but only briefly famous and now
little-known group Sparks (Ron and Russell Mael). On their album _Kimono
My House_ is a witty and poignant song based on _Romeo and Juliet_,
called "Here in Heaven", which represents the thoughts of Romeo who has
arrived in Heaven to discover that Juliet is not dead. Some of the
lyrics (from memory) go something like:

Here there are many things to do
And a panoramic view
Of the universe completely surrounding you
And here you cannot buy souvenirs
For you're never going back, never, never...

Juliet, you broke our little pact,
Juliet, I'm never going back.
Up here in Heaven without you
I'm here in Heaven without you
It is hell knowing that your health
Will keep you out of here
For many many years.

(I used to be a big fan of Sparks many years ago but I've heard nothing
of them for ages, and I hope that I'm not the only living person who
remembers them.)

Adrian Kiernander
 

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