The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1492 Friday, 11 August 2000.
Date: Thu, 10 Aug 2000 14:00:20 EDT
Subject: 11.1478 Re: Music and Time
Comment: Re: SHK 11.1478 Re: Music and Time
Thanks for the suggestions - I have read Quinones book which was
helpful. As to Richard II, I might mention the other broken music type
reference in Hamlet (kind of obvious I guess). Talking of Hamlet's
madness, Ophelia says, Like sweet bells jangled out of ____and harsh. I
leave a blank here because while I've often seen it emended to be
"tune", I have also seen it as "time", which really makes more sense
because bells are played in rhythm. Each bellringer has a bell with one
note (which are not "tuned") and the music is a result of each
bellringer knowing their moment to ring their particular bell.
Shakespeare also compares "broken music" to physical injury in As You
Like It (...does anyone else long to hear this broken music in their
sides? during the wrestling match). Just FYI.
I like the idea that music often occurs at the intersections of various
forms of tension in the plays. It ties in quite well in Othello and the
whole weaving/spinning motif and in TN in the weavers and spinners that
"weave their threads with bones". (Bones incidentally seems like an odd
note - reminds me of the three fates.). Well, I realize this is a
pretty rambling note to post. This search on time has taken me clear
back to the Greeks and an overenthusiastic degree of horological
research to find out exactly when minute hands DID appear on English
clocks. So I'm sorry if my post sounds a little ...well, random. Just
food for thought!