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Re: Terror and Magnificence
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0728.  Monday, 30 June 1997.

[1]     From:   Douglas M Lanier <
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        Date:   Sunday, 29 Jun 1997 15:08:04 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0722  Terror and Magnificence

[2]     From:   Carl Fortunato <
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        Date:   Sunday, 29 Jun 97 15:39:00 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0722  Terror and Ma


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From:           Douglas M Lanier <
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Date:           Sunday, 29 Jun 1997 15:08:04 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 8.0722  Terror and Magnificence
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0722  Terror and Magnificence

In reply to Jimmy Jung's query about John Harle's Terror and
Magnificence:

I have heard it, and it is rather pleasant, though not particularly
memorable.  Elvis Costello's singing is, IMHO, the best reason to give
it a try;  it's not particularly illuminating in its setting of the
Shakespeare texts.

Cheers,
Douglas Lanier

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From:           Carl Fortunato <
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Date:           Sunday, 29 Jun 97 15:39:00 -0400
Subject: 8.0722  Terror and Ma
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0722  Terror and Ma

> I've been piling up SHAKSPER e-mails since early May, so maybe I
> missed it; but has anyone heard John Harle's new album Terror &
> Magnificence?
> "Elvis Costello sings three Shakespeare songs set to music by Jazz
> Saxophonist John Harle"

> I think the songs are from 12th Night and I was wondering how it
> sounded, especially after having to sing "Come away, death," once
> myself.

Why just that one song? Feste sings *all* the songs.

I'm playing Feste this autumn, and I have to write the music to the
songs myself.  I'm not sure I want to get an album, since I'd like the
music to be as original as possible, and I don't think jazz is what I
have in mind. Right now, I'm gravitating toward the blues for "Come
away, death" and country for "Oh, mistress mine."  I'm not sure *what*
to do with "The rain it raineth every day" but I think that one may have
to be traditional minstrel style.  I want 12th Night to seem like an
actual musical, if possible.

When you sang it, where did you get the music, and what kind of music
was it?
 

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