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(BT033) SHAKESPEARE SONGS [1820-1900]
Title Source Composer
01
Hark,Hark,the Lark (melody)
Cymbeline
Franz Schubert
02
Hark,Hark,the Lark (accomp)
   
03
Who Is Sylvia (melody)
Two Gentlemen of Verona
Franz Schubert
04
Who Is Sylvia(accomp)
   
05
Ye Spotted Snakes (melody)
Midsummer Night's Dream
Felix Mendelssohn
06
Ye Spotted Snakes(accomp)
   
07
Bid Me Discourse (melody)
Venus and Adonis
Henry Bishop
08
Bid Me Discourse(accomp)
   
09
Should He Upbraid (melody)
 
Henry Bishop
10
Should He Upbraid(accomp)
   
11
Lo, Here the Gentle Lark (melody)
Venus and Adonis
Henry Bishop
12
Lo, Here the Gentle Lark(accomp)
   
13
The Willow Song (melody)
Othello
Giuseppe Verdi
14
The Willow Song(accomp)
   
15
The Willow Song (melody)
Othello
Arthur Sullivan
16
The Willow Song(accomp)
   
17
Orpheus With His Lute (melody)
Henry VIII
Arthur Sullivan
18
Orpheus With His Lute(accomp)
   
19
O Mistress Mine (melody)
Twelth Night
C Villiers Stanford
20
O Mistress Mine(accomp)
   
21
The Rain it Raineth (melody)
Twelth Night
C Villiers Stanford
22
The Rain it Raineth (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.