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Musick in Partes: Songs & Poems from the Plays of William Shakespeare
British Columbia, CA: Barbarian Press, 2017. Hardcover. Fine. Hardcover. One of 50 Regular copies from an edition of 110 copies with 60 Deluxe copies. This is the 46th book from this esteemed Canadian private press. They write about this charming book: The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries positively revelled in music. The sudden development of new instruments and styles of musical composition in the early renaissance had arguably created a profound a shift from the music of the mediaeval period.The period from 1550 through Shakespeare's life and on into the seventeenth century saw hundreds of composers producing songs, lute music, consort music, dance music, and polyphonic choral music. The first stirrings of what eventually became the orchestra are discernible in the wide range of instruments-viols, rebecs, hurdy-gurdies, lutes, guitars, citterns, trumpets, cornetts, sackbuts, serpents, recorders, flutes -which were used in multiple combinations. Shakespeare's theatre assumed music to be a natural part of almost any performance. Roughly two thirds of his thirty-eight plays include song texts, and many of those have become established in the canon of lyric poetry in English in their own right. The Elizabethan stage moreover included what was called a 'minstrels' gallery' above the stage, and we know that music was played at dramatic points during performances to create moods or enhance special effects. The texts in the book are in the original spellings of the First Folio or Quarto texts, and there are notes about the poems and a glossary of particularly obscure words. The book is illustrated with many wood engravings by John Lawrence. They include tiny thumbnail engravings as well as rich full-page b&w illustrations. Printed on Zerkell Smooth White Paper in Poliphilus and Blado types. Quarter bound with a red silk spine and printed paper label. With cream paper covered boards with sprightly small flowers decorating the front cover. Errata slip tipped in rear. In fine condition. 5.5 x 7 inches. Unpaginated. PRI/100417.
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