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Music for Shakespeare's Theatre


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Music played an important role in the Renaissance theatre and Shakespeare brought new subtlety to its use. In a theatre without lights and sets, it fell to music to underline mood, whether for magic, comedy, feasting or pathos. Here are thirty or so settings from Shakespeare's lifetime by composers including Morley, Johnson, Dowland, Byrd, Ferrabosco and others, including lyrics set to ballad tunes that would have been very familiar to the actors in his company.
Disc: 1
Where the bee sucks
1 Hark, Hark! The Lark
2 When Daffodils Begin to Peer
3 When Daisies Pied
4 Fortune
5 Fear No More the Heat o' the Sun
6 Lawn as White as Driven Snow
7 Kemp's Jig
8 Callino
9 It Was a Lover and His Lass
10 When That I Was
11 How Should I Your True Love Know?
12 Bonny Sweet Robin
13 Tomorrow is St Valentine's Day
14 And Will He Not Come Again?
15 In Youth When I Did Love
16 Tarleton's Resurrection
17 Hey, Jolly Robin
18 The Poor Soul Sat Sighing, "Willow Song"
19 O Mistress Mine
20 Come Away Death
21 Divisions on Greensleeves
22 Farewell Dear Heart
23 Packington's Pound
24 Take, O Take Those Lips Away
25 O Sweet Oliver
26 Light o' Love
27 Who is Sylvia?
28 The Sick Tune
29 Sigh No More Ladies
30 Come Live With Me
31 When Griping Grief
32 O Death Rock Me Asleep
33 Heartsease
34 You Spotted Snakes
35 The Woozel Cock
36 Full Fathom Five
37 My Lady Hunsdon's Puff
38 Where the bee sucks
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