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The Hunt is Up: Shakespeare's Songbook - Tunes and ballads from the plays of William Shakespeare / The Playbords

Album Summary

>Anonymous : Hunting the Hare for voice & ensemble
>Traditional, English : Work(s)
>Anonymous, English : Sir Eglamore, song
>Anonymous, English : Awake Ye Woeful Wights
>Anonymous, English : The Willow Song (a.k.a. "The Willow", "The Poor Soul Sat Sighing", "Willow, Willow")
>Anonymous, English : Fortune my foe
>Anonymous : Peg-a-ramsey
>Playford, John : Broom of Cowdenknows (Tune of "The Bonny Broom")
>Byrd, William : O mistress mine, for keyboard, MB 83
>Playford, John : Lull Me Beyond Thee
>Anonymous, English : Lusty Gallant
>Playford, John : Work(s)
>Anonymous, English : Work(s)
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Notes & Reviews:

Shakespeare's works resound with musical allusions and references. These are often meant to provide the audience with background information, but at other times, they serve simply to provoke a smile or even laughter. But this only works, of course, if the viewer is already quite familiar with the material being referenced. Thus we can also use Shakespeare's plays to piece together a list of the most popular songs of the time, a project that has been undertaken by the American musicologist Ross W. Duffin. The Playfords have adopted his Shakespeare's Songbook as a type of 'real book' which inspires and gives rise to their own improvisational play. Just as Shakespeare's Globe theatre brought all of London's social classes together, this work gathers everything from the knee-slapping bawdiness beloved by simpler folk to more artfully wrought aural allusions aimed at a more distinguished and discerning audience. The result is a musical panorama of late Renaissance English society in its entirety.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Jakobi Kirche Mücheln (08/29/2014-09/02/2014).

Includes work(s): sedany or dargason / eighty-eight / fill by various composers.



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Works Details

>Anonymous : Hunting the Hare for voice & ensemble
  • Ensemble: The Playfords
  • Notes: Jakobi Kirche Mücheln (08/29/2014-09/02/2014)

>Traditional, English : Work(s) :: The English Hunt's Up
  • Ensemble: The Playfords
  • Notes: Jakobi Kirche Mücheln (08/29/2014-09/02/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.

>Anonymous, English : Sir Eglamore, song
  • Ensemble: The Playfords
  • Notes: Jakobi Kirche Mücheln (08/29/2014-09/02/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: circa 1660

>Anonymous, English : Awake Ye Woeful Wights
  • Ensemble: The Playfords
  • Notes: Jakobi Kirche Mücheln (08/29/2014-09/02/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1568

>Anonymous, English : The Willow Song (a.k.a. "The Willow", "The Poor Soul Sat Sighing", "Willow, Willow")
  • Ensemble: The Playfords
  • Notes: Jakobi Kirche Mücheln (08/29/2014-09/02/2014)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 9 sec.

>Anonymous, English : Fortune my foe
  • Ensemble: The Playfords
  • Notes: Jakobi Kirche Mücheln (08/29/2014-09/02/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Anonymous : Peg-a-ramsey
  • Ensemble: The Playfords
  • Notes: Jakobi Kirche Mücheln (08/29/2014-09/02/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1595

>Playford, John : Broom of Cowdenknows (Tune of "The Bonny Broom")
  • Ensemble: The Playfords
  • Notes: Jakobi Kirche Mücheln (08/29/2014-09/02/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Byrd, William : O mistress mine, for keyboard, MB 83
  • Ensemble: The Playfords
  • Notes: Jakobi Kirche Mücheln (08/29/2014-09/02/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Playford, John : Lull Me Beyond Thee
  • Ensemble: The Playfords
  • Notes: Jakobi Kirche Mücheln (08/29/2014-09/02/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Anonymous, English : Lusty Gallant
  • Ensemble: The Playfords
  • Notes: Jakobi Kirche Mücheln (08/29/2014-09/02/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 28 sec.

>Playford, John : Work(s) :: Kettle Drum / Kemp's Jig / Paul's Steeple
  • Ensemble: The Playfords
  • Notes: Jakobi Kirche Mücheln (08/29/2014-09/02/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Anonymous, English : Work(s) :: Scottish Hunt's Up / When that I Was (Tom Tinker)
  • Ensemble: The Playfords
  • Notes: Jakobi Kirche Mücheln (08/29/2014-09/02/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.