This year after 4 years of writing, editing, research and collaboration with an incredible group of intrepid scholars, Shakespeare, Music, and Performance has been finally published by Cambridge University Press and is available for purchase here.
Our book launch is Monday, May 8th at 5pm at Shakespeare’s Globe.
Here’s the blurb:
Music has been an essential constituent of Shakespeare’s plays from the sixteenth century to the present day, yet its significance has often been overlooked or underplayed in the history of Shakespearean performance. Providing a long chronological sweep, this collection of essays traces the different uses of music in the theatre and in film from the days of the first Globe and Blackfriars to contemporary, global productions. With a unique concentration on the performance aspects of the subject, the volume offers a wide range of voices, from scholars to contemporary practitioners (including an interview with the critically acclaimed composer Stephen Warbeck), and thus provides a rich exploration of this fascinating history from diverse perspectives.
I have two essays in the book – the interview with Stephen (Oscar winner for the Shakespeare In Love score) and an essay on musical approaches in the Globe to Globe complete works festival from 2012. David and I have written the introduction (though most of it is David!). This is where I say that David is by far the more accomplished scholar on this subject than I. But it has been a wonderful collaboration, folding in both practical approaches and hard-nosed research.
The list of amazing contributors is: Lynda Phillis Austern, Val Brodie, Michael Burden, John Cunningham, Paul L. Faber, Peter Holland, Katherine Hunt, Claire van Kampen, Elizabeth Kenny, William Lyons, Lucy Munroe, Carol Chillington Rutter, Simon Smith, Jon Trenchard, Stephen Warbeck and Ramona Wray.