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Three Shakespeare sonnets

Sheet Music: Score

Three Shakespeare sonnets : for low voice and piano / Justin Michael McKay.

Also known as: 3 Shakespeare sonnets

by Justin McKay (2013)

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  • Library Availability: 783.5542/MCK 1 — Reference (not for loan) copy only
  • Instrumentation: Low voice, piano.
  • Audio Sample

    Performance by Justin McKay from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 45.

    (this sample is of the Medium Voice with piano version of this work)


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Composed in 2012, after having premiered an opera (The Tempest) and incidental music (Much Ado About Nothing) based upon Shakespeare's works, Three Shakespeare Sonnets are written in a restrained and understated style. Falling within the form of lieder, the richly melodic vocal parts are set over inventive and at times intricate piano fantasies. The composer has chosen to highlight certain aspects of each sonnet, giving each a slightly different character, and remaining with it throughout. Sonnet 18 has an amorous character, Sonnet 30, more contemplative, while Sonnet 76 draws on baroque influences.
Throughout, the text has been set in a somewhat, but not fully, declamatory style: at times the iambic rhythms are evident, and at others they take a backseat to the flow of the music. The composer's intention in setting Shakespeare's poetry has been to bring out the intrinsic music of the text, with emphasis on the underlying emotions which they may awaken in the reader or listener.

Published by: Wirripang [9790720133553 ] — 1 score (18p. -- A4 (portrait))

Duration: 9 mins

Contents note:

Sonnet no. 18 -- Sonnet no. 30 -- Sonnet no. 76.

Includes program notes and biographical notes on the composer.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 9790720133553

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- Medium Voice with piano


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