Music in Shakespearean Tragedy
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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TRADITION OF VOCAL AND INSTRUMENTAL
Refrain of Willow Song page
THE WILLOW SONG
a As ye came from the holy land
ADULT SONGS AND ROBERT ARMIN
ADULT SONGS FROM HAMLET TO OTHELLO
BLANK VERSE PROSE AND SONGS IN KING
RETROSPECT OF SCHOLARSHIP ON SHAKE