The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.2251  Monday, 20 December 1999.

From:           Perry Herzfeld <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 20 Dec 1999 21:50:51 +1100
Subject:        Musicians

I was watching the Burton/Taylor Taming of the Shrew the other day and a
particularly beautiful piece of language caught my attention.  Taylor
refers to one of her tutors, who is trying to teach some musical
instrument, a "fat fingered gut plucker".  As a violinist myself this
line struck me as absolutely marvelous: what a way to insult a
musician!  In fact, I have decided to put together a little list of
Shakespeare's thoughts on musicians, be they positive or negative.  Are
there any appropriate Shakespearean quotes from the plays, sonnets, or
whatever, that people know about that ought to be on this list?

In anticipation of your assistance,
Perry Herzfeld.

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