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Random Audio Sample: Four Shakespeare songs : baritone voice with piano by Peter Sculthorpe, from the CD O for a muse of fire
Articles by and about Michael Halliwell
O for a Muse of Fire: 30 Australian takes on Shakespeare by Anni Heino
A mood, a situation or an emotion, captured in a few lines of poetry some 400 hundred years ago: William Shakespeare’s songs, spoken and sung by characters in his plays, together with his 154 sonnets, have provided composers with material ever since. Thirty Shakespeare settings by Australian composers have now been released on CD, thanks to a long-term project by the baritone Michael Halliwell in collaboration with pianist David Miller. O for a Muse of Fire features music by 16 composers, including world premiere recordings of works by Moya Henderson, Chester Schultz, Andrew Ford, Richard Peter Maddox and Peter Sculthorpe. Anni Heino talked to Michael Halliwell about his search for Shakespeare settings by contemporary composers.