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Re: Authentic Performance
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1700  Thursday, 7 September 2000.

[1]     From:   Bob Haas <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 06 Sep 2000 14:24:54 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.1698 Authentic Performance

[2]     From:   Terence Hawkes <
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        Date:   Thursday, 7 Sep 2000 06:09:50 -0400
        Subj:   SHK 11.1698 Authentic Performance

[3]     From:   Dale Lyles <
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        Date:   Thursday, 7 Sep 2000 06:50:07 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.1698 Authentic Performance


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From:           Bob Haas <
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Date:           Wednesday, 06 Sep 2000 14:24:54 -0400
Subject: 11.1698 Authentic Performance
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1698 Authentic Performance

RP?  Right perfect?  Could you elaborate, Sam?  I don't think I've heard
this one.

bob

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From:           Terence Hawkes <
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Date:           Thursday, 7 Sep 2000 06:09:50 -0400
Subject: Authentic Performance
Comment:        SHK 11.1698 Authentic Performance

Did Shakespeare's words sound 'less pompous?' asks Sam Small. Perhaps
'pompous' is the wrong word. They would certainly have sounded less
portentous. After all, the original audience would have been listening
to the work of a promising, indeed interesting English playwright called
Shakespeare. On the other hand, we're confronted by the effusions of the
creature 'Shakespeare': universal lion-hearted, golden-thighed genius,
and dispenser of industrial-strength wisdom about the way things are,
always have been, and always will be.

T. Hawkes

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From:           Dale Lyles <
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Date:           Thursday, 7 Sep 2000 06:50:07 EDT
Subject: 11.1698 Authentic Performance
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1698 Authentic Performance

I am not the expert in history of our language, but the Sonnet 14
non-rhymes Sam Small refers to are not that hard a nut to crack.  'Wind'
rhymes/rhymed with 'kind,' as per a footnote in the *Oxford Book of
Carols for Choirs I*.  'Convert' rhymes with 'art.'  This is just a
couple of examples of how pronunciation has changed over the last four
hundred years.  Others can point us to appropriate sources for this
information.

As for astronomy/quality, I think the answer is that we're not dealing
with W.S. Gilbert here.  Shakespeare is just rhyming the last syllable,
as odd as that may be to our ears.

Dale Lyles
Newnan Community Theatre Company
http://newnantheatre.com
 

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