The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0697 Tuesday, 20 April 1999.
Date: Monday, 19 Apr 1999 20:48:36 -0600
Subject: 10.0683 Tune for Romeo and Juliet?
Comment: Re: SHK 10.0683 Tune for Romeo and Juliet?
Stephanie Cowell wrote:
>Is there a known tune available for "An Old Hare Hoar," (is that right?)
>from Romeo and Juliet? Thanks very much!
According to Peter Seng's *The Vocal Songs in the Plays of Shakespeare:
A Critical History* (p. 27), "No music seems to exist for Mercutio's
bawdy lyric", though the stage direction in Q1 ("He walkes by them, and
sings") indicates that music must have existed at some time. I'm sure
the song must have been set to music in some productions, but I don't
recall what was done in the productions I've seen.