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Music on the Shakespearian Stage
     

Music on the Shakespearian Stage

by G. H. Cowling
 

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From the PREFACE:

WHEN my friend Professor Vaughan asked me if I had thought over any subject for a dissertation, I felt depressed. For I remembered the melancholy compilation that is expected from a student who sets out to take a degree in English Literature.

Whilst pondering over possible subjects, a music-teacher of my youth, the late Wallis Vincent, A.R.C

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From the PREFACE:

WHEN my friend Professor Vaughan asked me if I had thought over any subject for a dissertation, I felt depressed. For I remembered the melancholy compilation that is expected from a student who sets out to take a degree in English Literature.

Whilst pondering over possible subjects, a music-teacher of my youth, the late Wallis Vincent, A.R.C.O. (one whom I admired greatly not only for his musicianship, which was considerable, but also for his delight in humorous poetry, his ready wit, and his genial kindness), lent me his manuscript of a popular lecture on " Shakespeare and Music." I was struck by the amount of fun he had got out of it, and foresaw that to make a deeper study of the subject would be to tread an interesting path. I made up my mind not to work the ground already appropriated by Mr. E. W. Naylor and re-worked by Mr. L. C. Elson, but to go further afield and describe the share taken by musicians in an Elizabethan play.

I drew up a scheme, was lucky enough to have it accepted, and proceeded to collect materials to make it into a dissertation. The result is the following little book. It does not assume to be more than a sketch, which at some future time I hope to enlarge. I should have liked to read and ransack every play of the period for material, but alas, 1 had not time enough for this.

Then why publish? I publish in order to report progress ; but also because I think students of Shakespeare and musical historians will find in this essay much that is of interest, and something that is new.

The greatest regret I have is that Wallis Vincent should not read these pages. He saw the first draft of the MS. and used some of its material for his last lecture on " Shakespeare and Music." It was his appreciation that first led me to seek a publisher. To him I owe the greatest thanks, and to his dear memory I offer this acknowledgement.

In addition I thank Professor Moorman whose lectures on Shakespeare sealed my interest in the subject. My thanks are also due to Herbert Thompson, Esq., who readily furnished me with a preliminary bibliography; to Rev. W. H. Frere, who gave me a full account of "jubili"; to Rev. A. Hastings Kelk, who confirmed my suspicions about the source of Bale's canticles; to the readers of the Cambridge University Press, who pointed out, in addition to minor details, the great share which music had in the production of Italian drama of the period; and above all to Professor Vaughan, who, in addition to a sympathetic interest in the work, has been good enough to read the proofs.

One more note must be added. Since page 23 was written, M. Albert Feuillerat has shown (Shakespeare Jahrbuch, XLVIII. p. 81) that Blackfriars Theatre was founded as early as 1578 by Richard Farrant, the musician.

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ISBN-13:
9781500492274
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
07/11/2014
Pages:
150
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.32(d)

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