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I am fond of this poem because I had the good fortune to be part of a performance that dramatized it and set it to song. In 1985, Elbows Akimbo, a young performance group in San Francisco created a multi-storied show revolving around the various faces of "Beatrice." This particular portion of the performance began with a recitation of the first stanza of this poem, and comprised a dance portrayal of the action, accompanied by a song with the chorus, "Matabryne!" and verses, "Eche on of hem hadde abowte his swete swyre a seluer cheyne" and "He was trewe of his feyth and loth for to tryfulle. [true of his faith and loth for to trifle] She knew him for such and trust him the better." (In the old words, of course.) I was happy to discover the source material for "Matabryne!" The instruments accompanying were Irish whistle, custom drum set with digital effects, and electric bass. There was a lead vocalist and another singer to complete a call and response format.
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The Romance of the Cheuelere Assigne: Re-Edited From the Unique Manuscript ...
Henry H. Gibbs
No preview available - 2016