The Elizabethan Muse: Shakespeare, Byrd, and Dowland (January 6, 2007)
Greensleeves (December 22, 2006)
Palestrina and Monteverdi (January 7, 2006)
Corelli and Charpentier (December 23, 2005)
Josquin and Isaac (October 8, 2005)
Morley, a student of William Byrd, was a neighbor of Shakepeare’s in London. It was a lover and his lasse, a song about springtime from Twelfth Night, was sung by soprano Ellen Hargis (last reviewed in January at the National Gallery) and had a nice balance with the instruments. Though, throughout the evening Hargis did not seem to “let go” and use her full voice, which limited the clarity of her diction.
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Ross Duffin, Shakespeare's Songbook (W. W. Norton, 2004)
Joan Reinthaler, The Folger's Rollicking 'Ballads and Brawls' (Washington Post, March 13)
The evening ended with the witty ballad The Friar and the Nun from All’s Well That Ends Well, which was interspersed with a bit of wry Gregorian chanting in Latin by all of the musicians. It then finished with chanting in organum (parallel 5ths) and a hilarious “Amen.” On sale in the bookstore of the Folger Shakespeare Library is musicologist Ross Duffin’s recently released Shakespeare’s Songbook, where much of this material may be found.
This program will be repeated only one more time, this afternoon at 2 pm.