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By Simon Smith
This book investigates the dramatic role of music in plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Drawing on Smith's unusual combination of gifts as a musician and literary critic, this investigation offers scholars and students of literature, history and music new views on Jacobean drama and early modern musical culture.
This illustrated survey celebrates the panoramic holdings and colorful history of the Archivio Storico Ricordi, one of the world's most important musical archives.
The book is concerned with musical settings c.1650-1750 for voices and instruments of mostly secular texts that were performed in English theatres. It is of value to those with an interest in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century English music, literature, drama or theatre, showing how these arts intersected.
That Goethe's poetry has proved pivotal for the development of the nineteenth-century Lied has long been acknowledged. Less acknowledged is the seminal impact in musical realms of Goethe's Faust/I>, a work which has attracted the attention of composers since the late eighteenth century and played a vital role in the...