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Four Shakespeare songs

Sheet Music: Score

Four Shakespeare songs : for soprano and piano / Peter Sculthorpe.

by Peter Sculthorpe

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  • Instrumentation: Soprano, piano.
  • Audio Sample

    Performance by Michael Halliwell, David Miller from the CD O for a muse of fire


    (this sample is of the baritone voice with piano version of this work)

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Product details

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

Contents note:

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).

First performance by Frances Cowper, Peter Sculthorpe — 1947. Melba Hall, University of Melbourne

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.

Typeset edition.

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This work also exists as the following versions:
- Medium Voice with accompaniment
- Baritone with piano

 

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