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Re: Music at the New Globe; Nude Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0878. Tuesday, 26 August 1997.

[1]     From:   Chantal Schutz <
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        Date:   Monday, 25 Aug 1997 15:07:12 -0400
        Subj:   Music at the New Globe

[2]     From:   Harry Keyishian <
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        Date:   Monday, 25 Aug 1997 12:56:47 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0869 Live Nude Shakespeare


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From:           Chantal Schutz <
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Date:           Monday, 25 Aug 1997 15:07:12 -0400
Subject:        Music at the New Globe

I feel it is time I contributed to the debate on the New Globe. I am one
of two Research Fellows at Reading University who have been commissioned
to carry out a research project on the use of this new/old space by
actors, directors and musicians. We have attended most rehearsals and
seen each production many times. Pauline Kiernan, my colleague, watched
workshops, rehearsals and performances in 1995 and 1996 too, and her
reports on those two seasons (the "workshop" season and the "prologue"
season) are published in my web-page on the New Globe
(http://www.rdg.ac.uk/globe) .

But the subject I want to address today is music, because I feel the
general debate on the Globe replica would require more than a few lines
on my part..

This year, music has not only been present in the plays: there have also
been 3 concerts to date , plus one due on Sunday 31 August, all by
Philip Pickett and his Musicians of the Globe.  Each production has
adopted a different attitude to music: Henry V, the "authentic"
production, uses period instruments, played mostly from the musicians'
room on the balcony. Occasionally, flourishes are played on stage or
backstage, and drums are frequently on stage. The music was
reconstituted by Philip Pickett, based on manuscripts in England and
Europe, keyboard and other pieces that integrate "battle" music etc.
Because this is a martial play, there are no soft instruments in the
consort, ie no lute or viols...

Softer instruments were used extensively in the concerts, including
virginals, recorders, voices (countertenor and soprano). Musicians sat
on stage for the concerts, so the acoustic conditions are different. I
tried out all the different seating possibilities, and they were all
excellent, even for solo lute and pianissimo voice.  For the Winter's
Tale, Claire Van Kampen wrote some new music. Her experience with The
Two Gentlemen of Verona last year had taught her that playing from the
balcony can be tricky, so she chose instruments that would carry,
including percussion and trombone, but also some very soft ones like
psalteries, used for the "awakening" of Hermione, or a tenor singing
backstage, which were dramatically very effective.  For The Maid's
Tragedy, a brass band was used, with new music.  For A chaste Maid in
Cheapside, Claire Van Kampen mostly adapted period music and wrote some
new tunes for period instruments, including Lute/cittern/guitar and
recorder. Musicians alternate between the balcony and stage as action
requires it (the prologue is entirely played on stage and the musicians
are part of the story). The play ends with a jig.

I will publish a more comprehensive report on music at the Globe at the
end of the season in the Web-page, with interviews of musicians and
composers, and maybe some sound or video clips.

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From:           Harry Keyishian <
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Date:           Monday, 25 Aug 1997 12:56:47 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 8.0869 Live Nude Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0869 Live Nude Shakespeare

Regarding Nude Shakespeare, some possibilities come to mind:
        As You Like It in the Nude
        Twelfth Night in the Nude
        Love's Labor's Lost in the Nude
        A Comedy of Errors in the Nude
        Much Ado About Nothing in the Nude
        Two Gentlemen of Verona in the Nude (for gay audiences)
        Two Noble Kinsmen in the Nude (for kinky gay audiences)
        All's Well That Ends Well in the Nude (for audiences that like
happy endings)
 

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