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Re: Music
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1691  Tuesday, 5 September 2000.

From:           Gabriel Egan <
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Date:           Monday, 4 Sep 2000 19:49:43 +0100
Subject: 11.1633 Music
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1633 Music

Ken Adelman asks:

> Do any readers know Shakespearean passages
>    1) describing the beauty and power of music;
>    2) reflecting upon a profound aspect of music; or
>    3) showing the teaching of music -- or even teaching pupils in any
>        capacity?

In his preface to the _The Dark Lady of the Sonnets_ G B Shaw wrote of
Shakespeare that "Even in . . . his love of music . . . there is a dash
of mockery" and offered as evidence:

LUCENTIO Spit in the hole, man, and tune again.
(SHR 3.1.39)

BENEDICK  Now, divine air! Now is his soul ravished. Is it
not strange that sheep's guts should hale souls out of
men's bodies?
(ADO 2.3.57-9)

BENEDICK  (aside) An he had been a dog that should have
howled thus, they would have hanged him; and I pray
God his bad voice bode no mischief.
(ADO 2.3.81-3)

"There is just as much Shakespear here", wrote Shaw, "as in the
inevitable quotation about the sweet south and the bank of violets."

Gabriel Egan
 

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