Sheet Music: Score
Four Shakespeare songs : for soprano and piano / Peter Sculthorpe.
When I was a student at the University Conservatorium of Music in
Melbourne, I entered a collection of Shakespeare settings in the
1948 Victorian School Music Association Composition Competition.
To my delight, the collection was judged as runner-up. I felt
this recognition helped justify my desire to be a composer in the
eyes of my parents. The songs, designed for use in schools, were
gathered together under the title, A Glimpse of Seventeenth
Century England, for unison voices and piano.
Apart from a few sketches, all that remains of the collection are 'Take, O Take Those Lips Away' and 'Sigh No More, Ladies'. In 2000, I revised these two songs, along with 'O Mistress Mine', and my good friend David Leisner arranged them for voice and guitar in 2011. In order to complete the cycle, devoted to aspects of love, I later added a much-revised version of 'Come Away, Death'.
Published by: Australian Music Centre (under licence from Faber Music) — 1 score (17p. -- A4 (portrait))
Duration: 10 mins
I Take, O, take thy lips away (from Measure for Measure) -- II O Mistress mine (from Twelfth Night) -- III Sigh no more, ladies (from Much Ado about Nothing) -- IV Come away, Death (from Twelfth Night).
Includes programme notes and full texts.
The first and third of these songs were written in 1947, during student days at the University Conservatorium of Music, Melbourne. The second and third were written especially for a Canberra production of Twelfth Night, directed by Anne Godfrey-Smith, in 1956. All four songs have since been revised, some of them substantially so.
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