Print this page as an index of the MP3 Files to be downloaded if you order this category


(BT032) SHAKESPEARE SONGS
[1600-1780]
  Title Source Composer
01 Thou Soft Flowing Avon (melody) words David Garrick Thomas Arne
02 Thou Soft Flowing Avon (accomp)    
03 The Rain it Raineth Every Day (melody) Twelth Night Traditional
04 The Rain it Raineth Every Day (accomp)    
05 Under the Greenwood Tree (melody) As You Like It Traditional
06 Under the Greenwood Tree (accomp)    
07 The Willow Song (melody) Othello Traditional
08 The Willow Song (accomp)    
09 O Mistress Mine (melody) Twelth Night Traditional
10 O Mistress Mine (accomp)    
11 It Was a Lover and His Lass(melody) As You Like It Thomas Morley (1615)
12 It Was a Lover and His Lass (accomp)    
13 Full Fathom Five (melody) The Tempest Robert Johnson (1612)
14 Full Fathom Five (accomp)    
15 Full Fathom Five (melody) The Tempest John Bannister (1676)
16 Full Fathom Five (accomp)    
17 Full Fathom Five (melody) The Tempest Henry Purcell (1690)
18 Full Fathom Five (accomp)    
19 Come Unto These Yellow Sands (melody) The Tempest Henry Purcell (1690)
20 Come Unto These Yellow Sands (accomp)    
21 Under the Greenwood Tree (melody) As You Like It Thomas Arne
22 Under the Greenwood Tree (accomp)    
23 When Daisies Pied(melody) Love's Labours Lost Thomas Arne
24 When Daisies Pied (accomp)    
25 When Icicles Hang By The Wall (melody) Love's Labours Lost Thomas Arne
26 When Icicles Hang By The Wall (accomp)    
27 Blow,Blow Thou Winter Wind (melody) As You Like It Thomas Arne
28 Blow,Blow Thou Winter Wind (accomp)    
29 Where The Bee Sucks (melody) Midsummer Night's Dream Thomas Arne
30 Where The Bee Sucks (accomp)    
31 O Bid Your Faithful Ariel Fly (melody) The Tempest Thomas Lynley
32 O Bid Your Faithful Ariel Fly (accomp)    
33 Sigh No More Ladies (melody)   R J S Stevens
34 Sigh No More Ladies (accomp)    

The Shakespeare Collection:A History of Song
The Shakespeare collection has been devised and collated as a demonstration of the development of western music by following stylistic,melodic and harmonic changes as composers set to music the words of 'The Bard of Avon', sometimes for new productions of the plays, but often just in the tradition of setting poems in a musical matrix to further realise the meaning of the words. The four centuries which have passed have seen quite dramatic changes in music and these songs are an accessible way to explore and experience these changes. (cf the journey of Full Fathom Five from Robt. Johnson (1612) to Igor Stravinsky!!) The songs have been selected from standard collections of Shakespeare songs (Chappell, B&H etc)as well as from composer collections (Arne,Moeran,Warlock,Stravinsky,Dankworth(Words for Music)) Some Dankworth songs have been transposed to keep them in the range of standard voices.