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
29
Willow Song
48
OPHELIAS SONGS
53
a As ye came from the holy land
61
ADULT SONGS FROM HAMLET TO OTHELLO
126
Love love nothing but love still more
137
CHAPTER VI
146
I loathe that I did love
152
BLANK VERSE PROSE AND SONGS IN KING
158
Then they for sudden joy did weep
174
Come oer the burn Bessy
181
Come oer the burn Bessy
188

I loathe 154
62
a Merry Milkmaids
68
I loathe 155
71
MAGIC SONGS
79
CHAPTER IV
80
Take o take those lips away unfigured bass
94
ADULT SONGS AND ROBERT ARMIN
98
CHAPTER V
103
Passing Measure and Quadran Pavan
251
RETROSPECT OF SCHOLARSHIP ON SHAKE
258
I loathe 153
267
INDEX OF LYRICS
300
I loathe 153
304
INDEX OF PERSONS PLACES PLAYS ETC
311
INDEX OF SUBJECTS
326
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