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Re: Shakespeare and Modern Music
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0410.  Thursday, 3 April 1997.

[1]     From:   Jameela Ann Lares <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 2 Apr 1997 08:52:57 -0600 (CST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0405  Re: Shakespeare and Modern Music

[2]     From:   Gabriel Wasserman <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 02 Apr 1997 09:49:37 -0500
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[3]     From:   Charles Ross <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 2 Apr 1997 10:24:40 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0405 Re: Shakespeare and Modern Music

[4]     From:   Katherine Acheson <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 02 Apr 1997 10:36:00 +0000
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[5]     From:   Peter Hadorn <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 2 Apr 1997 11:06:01 -0500
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[6]     From:   Amy Ulen <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 02 Apr 1997 10:59:41 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0393  RE: Shakespeare in Modern Music

[7]     From:   Peter D. Holland <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 2 Apr 1997 20:34:47 +0100 (BST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0393  RE: Shakespeare in Modern Music

[8]     From:   Louis Scheeder <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 2 Apr 1997 19:00:07 -0500 (EST)
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From:           Jameela Ann Lares <
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Date:           Wednesday, 2 Apr 1997 08:52:57 -0600 (CST)
Subject: 8.0405  Re: Shakespeare and Modern Music
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0405  Re: Shakespeare and Modern Music

I haven't entirely been following this thread, but are we only talking
about tag lines?  I can't remember the title or artist, but there's a
classic rock song which compares one's new romance with Romeo &
Juliet's.  The refrain includes the phrase "just like Romeo and
Juliet."  (It also has a catchy syncopated beat.)

If memory serves, one stanza goes something like--

        "Right now I'm speculatin'
        'Bout what tomorrow's gonna really bring.
        If I don't find love tomorrow,
        It's gonna be heartbreak and sorrow--
        Our love is gonna be [?] a tragedy
        Just like Romeo and Juliet."

Submitted for correction--

Jameela Lares
University of So. Miss.

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From:           Gabriel Wasserman <
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Date:           Wednesday, 02 Apr 1997 09:49:37 -0500
Subject: 8.0405  Re: Shakespeare and Modern Music
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0405  Re: Shakespeare and Modern Music

In the show *The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (Abrdged), they did a rap
song of
Othello:

        Desdemona loved Othello
        Like Adonis loved Venus;
        'Cause Othello had
        A really big---SWORD!
        Now there was a fellow,
        That made Othello sick
        -Cause Iago was
        A really big dick!

et cetera-ad nauseum-ad infinitum

It was in very poor taste

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From:           Charles Ross <
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Date:           Wednesday, 2 Apr 1997 10:24:40 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 8.0405 Re: Shakespeare and Modern Music
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0405 Re: Shakespeare and Modern Music

And then there's the greatest line in all pop music, by the king of
course (Elvis): I can't remember the title, but the line is, "Someone
once said that all's the stage!" Sweet smoke of rhetoric!

Charlie Ross
Purdue

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Date:           Wednesday, 02 Apr 1997 10:36:00 +0000
Subject: 8.0405  Re: Shakespeare and Modern Music
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0405  Re: Shakespeare and Modern Music

And Elvis Costello's album -- something like _The Juliet Letters_?

Kathy Acheson

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From:           Peter Hadorn <
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Date:           Wednesday, 2 Apr 1997 11:06:01 -0500
Subject:        Re: Shakespeare and Modern Music

I'm not sure if anyone has mentioned this "early modern" Shakespeare
reference, but at the end of the Beatles "I am the Walrus" snatches of
_King Lear_ are spoken, supposedly recorded off of a radio play.

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Date:           Wednesday, 02 Apr 1997 10:59:41 -0800
Subject: 8.0393  RE: Shakespeare in Modern Music
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0393  RE: Shakespeare in Modern Music

"Limelight" by Rush contains the following AYL paraphrase:

"All the world's indeed a stage,
And we are merely players,
Performers and portrayers,
Each another's audience
Outside the gilded cage."

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Date:           Wednesday, 2 Apr 1997 20:34:47 +0100 (BST)
Subject: 8.0393  RE: Shakespeare in Modern Music
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0393  RE: Shakespeare in Modern Music

And to show that not all references to Shakespeare in modern music need
be Anglophone: Udo Lindenberg and Nina Hagen have recorded a number
called 'Romeo und Julia'

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Date:           Wednesday, 2 Apr 1997 19:00:07 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 8.0405  Re: Shakespeare and Modern Music
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0405  Re: Shakespeare and Modern Music

Has anyone mentioned Ellington's *Such Sweet Thunder* album?  Dedicated
to the (at that time) Stratford Shakespearean Festival in Stratford,
Ontario.  Recorded New York 1956-57.  Composed and orchestrated by Duke
Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.  First performed April of 57, Town Hall,
NYC.

Includes Lady Mac, Sonnet to Han Cinq, Madness in Great Ones, etc.

Ellington's music was featured in the National Actors Theatre production
of *Timon of Athens* (the Langham/Bedford production) a few seasons
back.

Louis Scheeder
 

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