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Shakespeare's Songbook - Ross W. Duffin

Shakespeare's Songbook

Hardcover Published: 14th May 2004
ISBN: 9780393058895
Number Of Pages: 496

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Shakespeare lovers have long lamented that so few songs in his plays survive with original music; of about sixty song lyrics, only a handful have come down to us with musical settings. For over 150 years, scholars have aspired-without success-to fill that gap. In "Shakespeare's Songbook," Ross W. Duffin does just that. Eight years in the making, "Shakespeare's Songbook" is a meticulously researched collection of 160 songs-ballads and narratives, drinking songs, love songs, and rounds-that appear in, are quoted in, or alluded to in Shakespeare's plays. Drawing substantially on the unmatched resources of the Folger Shakespeare Library, Duffin brings complete lyrics (many newly recovered) and music notation together for the first time, and in the process sheds new light on Shakespeare's dramatic art. With performances by leading early-music singers and instrumentalists, the accompanying audio CD brings the songbook to life. "Shakespeare's Songbook" is the perfect gift for lovers of Shakespeare and an invaluable reference for singers, actors, directors, and scholars.

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"A wonderfully concise and informative guide to the songs and ballads. . . . The first complete collection." -- Times Literary Supplement

Forewordp. 11
Prologuep. 15
Acknowledgmentsp. 43
The Songsp. 45
Ground Bass Melodiesp. 481
Shakespearean Pronunciationp. 482
Source Listp. 488
Index of Titles, First Lines, and Refrainsp. 509
Index of Names and Placesp. 516
Index of Citationsp. 521
CD Contentsp. 525
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780393058895
ISBN-10: 0393058891
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 14th May 2004
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 26.0 x 22.5  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 1.31
Edition Number: 1