Thursday, 8 September 2016

Shakespeare's Songs........and the like

A Treasury of Early Music  http://www.youtube.com/Searle8


A rich area of Experimental Early Music is adapting the songs of Shakespeare in interesting ways. Some examples, and their kind are included here.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ty_Dzj9QEDo



JASON FEDDY - SHAKESPEARE'S FOOL - full album
SHAKESPEARE'S FOOL: Songs From the Plays
1 - All That Glisters
2 - The Gravedigger
3 - Fear No More The Heat Of The Sun
4 - How Should I Your True Love Know?
5 - Sigh No More, Ladies
6 - O Mistress Mine
7 - Queen Of Queens
8 - Hey Ho The Wind & The Rain
9 - Sylvia
10 - Blessings On You



The following example is by a friend of the blogger


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2wCDIA4GaQ


Sonnet 73 (Shakespeare) arr. Geoff Salt



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_SQP67c3Wo


Shakespeare Rocks



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4RJoD-RMhY



Performer: Netherlands Chamber Choir, with John Alldis
Album: Williams, Howells, Holst, Britten, and Bedford: English Choral Music (1997)
Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 - 1958)

Text, by Shakespeare:

Full fathom five thy father lies,
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes:
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change Into something rich and strange.
Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell:
Ding-dong.
Hark! now I hear them, - ding-dong bell.






https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrsgGND-cU0

Performer: Netherlands Chamber Choir, with John Alldis
Album: Williams, Howells, Holst, Britten, and Bedford: English Choral Music (1997)
Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 - 1958)

Text, by Shakespeare:

The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve,
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind: We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bx8tPcWkGyQ&list=PLj_ebyObAMCPYCTlCFCcOp6MfQYeLi-Mi&index=3



Performer: Netherlands Chamber Choir, with John Alldis
Album: Williams, Howells, Holst, Britten, and Bedford: English Choral Music (1997)
Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 - 1958)

Text, by Shakespeare:

Over hill, over dale,
Thorough bush, thorough briar,
Over park, over pale,
Thorough flood, thorough fire
I do wander everywhere.
Swifter than the moonè's sphere;
And I serve the fairy queen,
To dew her orbs upon the green.
The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
In their gold coats spots you see;
Those be rubies, fairy favours,
In those freckles live their savours:
I must go seek some dew-drops here,
And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear.





No doubt there are many other examples of this musical approach to Shakespeare. But the above should suffice.(pic from Wikipedia)



Shakespeare.jpg


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