Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 3, No. 279. Thursday, 29 October 1992.
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 28, 1992, 11:17 CST
Subject: Shakespeare and Music
I am posting a couple of questions for a student doing a paper for an advanced
music history class. They are:
--What was Shakespeare's own attitude toward music?
--Should performances today use "authentic" music or does that use of
Renaissance sounds alter the meaning of the music in the play as it was
cast in Shakespeare's time (or, would a new composition more likely
evoke the kind of response in a 20th century audience that the music of
Shakespeare's time evoked in his audience? This more or less turns the
notion of authenticity on its head. Just how "authentic" is a refined
and archaic sound when, in its time, it was the equivalent of a pop
Thanks in advance for any suggestions or comments or quibbles.
Gustavus Adolphus College