Shakespearean Music in the Plays and Early Operas

Shakespearean Music in the Plays and Early Operas

Shakespearean Music in the Plays and Early Operas

Shakespearean Music in the Plays and Early Operas

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Shakespeare's dramatic works have been the theme of endless books and articles by eminent scholars. The desire to secure a really correct version of the poet's lines has occupied the minds and talents of a multitude of writers, with the result that we are furnished with various editions differing very much from the older publications, but which are no doubt much more true to the original text.

The important place which music holds in Shakespeare's works is well known. In nearly all his plays provision is made for music--both instrumental and vocal.

Surely we ought if possible to get at the correct version of the music, and so to let this branch of Shakespeare's art be in keeping with the literary work.

I have for a long time kept this idea in mind, and have done my best when performing or writing about the music of Shakespeare's plays to give correct versions. It is the result of these studies which I have been persuaded to put into print, and which I hope may be welcome to all lovers of the poet.

CLOISTERS,
WESTMINSTER ABBEY,
May, 1923 . . .

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