Music in Shakespearean Tragedy

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Psychology Press, 2005 - Literary Criticism - 334 pages

First published in 1963.

When originally published this book was the first to treat at full length the contribution which music makes to Shakespeare's great tragedies, among them Hamlet, Othello, and King Lear. Here the playwright's practices are studied in conjunction with those of his contemporaries: Marlowe and Jonson, Marston and Chapman. From these comparative assessments there emerges the method that is peculiar to Shakespeare: the employment of song and instrumental music to a degree hitherto unknown, and their use as an integral part of the dramatic structure.

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Contents

TRADITION OF VOCAL AND INSTRUMENTAL
1
CHAPTER II
8
Refrain of Willow Song page
18
THE WILLOW SONG
23
Willow Song
34
Willow Song
48
ophelias songs
53
a As ye came from the holy land
61
ADULT SONGS AND ROBERT ARMIN
98
CHAPTER V
103
ADULT SONGS FROM HAMLET TO OTHELLO
126
CHAPTER VI
146
Ex Iloathe
157
BLANK VERSE PROSE AND SONGS IN KING
158
RETROSPECT OF SCHOLARSHIP ON SHAKE
258
BIBLIOGRAPHY
274

Ex Hey jolly Robin
72
MAGIC SONGS
79
CHAPTER IV
80
Ex Take o take those lips away unfigured bass
94

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