Sounding for all the world like Emperor Joseph II, who complained of the “monstrous many notes” in Mozart's Entführung, was the infamous Thomas Rymer. Phillip Stubbes, The Anatomie of Abuses (London, 1583), sig. Mary Chan claims that it ‘shows the validity of the masque's conceptual basis’, while, by contrast, Ernest Gilman calls it ‘a delicately subversive maneuver staged in the enemy camp and hinting at the bedazzled, insulated self-regard of such entertainments’.18 The truth is that The Tempest resists such simplification of its stance, presenting instead a multi-layered and deeply ambivalent attitude. Baker's praise of Caliban's vernacular sound is part of a theoretical polemic that urges the use of African-American vernacular as a means of “deforming,” of speaking outside and beyond the traditional Western dualism still inscribed in critical discourse. II i., Sebastian's first scene, is structurally linked to I. Her songs are like an inversion of patriarchal speech, a release of repressed psychic energies and unmet emotional needs. In fact it is not even represented on stage, but rather reported by Gertrude, in one of the play's most lyrical speeches: This speech marks a crucial moment in the play's response to the threats of excess and disorder embodied in Ophelia's music. If he were to go straight there, the play could end in II. The immediate context of Lorenzo's famous speech is the echoic exchange of “In such a night …” that precedes it. Not a single musical citation is innocent of a mise-en-scène in the play—possibly except Ariel's last song: ‘Where the bee sucks …’, which nevertheless is to be found in the vicinity of a highly theatrical scene of magical dressing. The efficiency of music, represented verbally and dramatically, is indeed regularly ‘taken over’ by that of the theatre. I have known him when there was no music in him, but the drum and the fife; and now had he rather hear the tabor and the pipe. Shakespear shews himself in it a commonplace librettist working on a stolen plot, but a great musician. Richard's words at this time underline the clash of symbol and fact: The theme of Richard's loud misuse of music is brilliantly varied when he meets the curses of the three queens. In recalling the Latin carmen, the common etymological root of “song” and “spell,” it evokes ancient beliefs in music's power to influence human behavior. Prominent among them were, Franco Zeffirelli’s 1968 “Romeo and Juliet” and Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 “William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, “Love’s Labour’s Lost” has never been one of Shakespeare’s most accredited plays. Ferdinand is made to believe that his father is dead; similarly, Alonso will believe that Ferdinand is dead, and in that belief he will undergo the madness, the “sea change” of grief and humility, from which he will emerge transformed. Clement Scott, From ‘The Bells’ to ‘King Arthur’, London, 1897, pp. The healthy soul is “harmonious” or “symphonic.”10 In the soul of each man is a small scale equivalent to “… the mightier revolutions in the soul of the world, which are just the paths of the heavenly orbs.”11 Since Shakespeare is writing a play, he can give his philosophical discourse added dimension by having music actually played while the lines are spoken. In a number of ways, the play is a less-than-merry, troubling comedy that questions with ironic dissonance the joys most of its characters celebrate too forcibly. The music of As You Like It moves with the play as an analogous structure of mood and motive. Shall we go see the reliques of this town?’ (III. The King is terrified, Laertes so outraged that he becomes willing to use dirty means to avenge his sister. Merchant contrasts the Christians' gift for musical speech with the rough idiom of Shylock. He stresses, as Jonson so often does, the importance of the spectator's conspiracy in enabling the masque to work. Thus we, like the spectators on stage, are frustrated and disappointed as harmonious visions end in discord. Shakespeare made it possible, indeed necessary, at once to enjoy the inscrutable magic of poetic music and contemplate its potential dangers. Flourish’ rings out too brazenly for an empty accord as King and court leave the Parliament House, leaving only the distrustful Exeter behind to comment on what such ‘base and envious discord’ will breed. In Shakespeare, dances turn up in different places in all kinds of plays, and with increasing frequency towards the end of his career. For history and sources, the two most useful books in this category are Peter J. Seng's standard work, The Vocal Songs in the Plays of Shakespeare: A Critical History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1967) and F. W. Sternfeld's Music in Shakespearean Tragedy (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul; New York: Dover, 1963). Here not only do the topical and the tropical meanings superpose—‘roarers’ referring both to the billows and the street rioters—but while the name of the king proves an ineffective talisman to ‘command these elements to silence, and work the peace of the present’ (1.1.20-1), it is precisely not the name, but the word of ‘wronged duke of Milan’ that is commanding. If these people caught in the spell of earthly music and moonlit darkness cannot actually hear the heavenly music they are at least profoundly in tune with it. Neoplatonic theory promises momentary ecstasy, but, in the end, Jessica offers, in the manner of her father, rough idiom to Lorenzo's mellifluous “vows of faith.” At first, Jessica engages in the echoic exchange of “In such a night,” showing that it cannot contain and beautify ugly truths. By this flimsy conditional, Sir Andrew's behaviour—and his expenditure—are motivated throughout the play. The play is not ready for Sebastian until it has established Viola. Since this is a comedy, we, the audience, know that all will come right in the end, that Beatrice and Benedick, Don Pedro and Hero will get happily married. 15) to Viola's: It is this irony that double-dyes the second half of the play, supplying the drama in Olivia's elliptical conditional: and the whole ensuing dialogue, as well as in Sebastian's euphoric: I have the impression that the word ‘if’ occurs with suggestive frequency in Twelfth Night. To him also should be attributed the theory of the music of the spheres. “We have the sense of a life-cycle,” Leech goes on, “which can be repeated both in other lives and, in its essentials, in the same life if our vision is extended.”16. Shakespeare frequently introduces changes into the songs to adapt them to the anger or to render them elucidatory of the business of the scene. Trumpets. James Hutton, “Some English Poems in Praise of Music,” English Miscellany 2 (1950): 1-63. We know that the actors further occupied the eye with processionals and intricate dances, fencing matches and battles, spectacular ascents and descents from the upper and nether worlds, and with such things as fire and brimstone and disappearing ghosts. Quotations from Shakespeare's plays are from the Kittredge edition (Boston, 1936), except where references to F and Q stage directions seems advisable. But for Ariel he needs not only a boy with an unbroken voice but also one with a voice far above the standard required for the two pages who are to sing It was a lover and his lass. This problem, our problem, is in large part what Merchant is about. But the most extensive Renaissance treatment of the subject was that of Robert Burton in The Anatomy of Melancholy (1621). Literary scholars have been writing papers about the intricacies of MacBeth for centuries, but there’s still plenty of opportunity for you to write your own essay. In the discursive polyphony on the theme of power, musical myth and political allegory will thus be shown to represent two closely connected parts in The Tempest. Helena dances a foot or two with each man and passes to the next, rejecting each one. These scenes are often called symbolic of themes, but I should like to emphasize, too, their relation to Richard's typical response. Pervading and informing the action of the play, music is always sounding, always affecting and shaping the lives of the characters. Pandarus' song for Helen exemplifies the play's musical pattern. SOURCE: Dunn, Catherine M. “The Function of Music in Shakespeare's Romances.” Shakespeare Quarterly 20, no. The Tempest, then, marks the climax of Shakespeare's use of speculative music. Like her father, Marina is a talented musician: “by Cleon trained / In music's letters” (IV.Cho.7-8); according to Gower, “She sings like one immortal, and she dances / As goddess-like to her admired lays” (V.Cho.3-4). The Winter's Tale is unique among the romances in that all but two of the musical allusions are concentrated in two closely related scenes and all but one are instances of practical music. In 1 Henry VI this device appears in crude archetype as less a pause than a change in tone and pace. Unlike Timon, who does not love others as much as he likes to think, Falstaff himself really is loving. Janie and the Pear Tree in Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, Comparing Plato's Republic and Gulliver's Travels, Comparing Maturity in Separate Peace and All Quiet on the Western Front, The Masterpiece of Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle. For if, in the myth most often used to support the neo-Platonic view of music, Orpheus made rocks, stones, and trees move, it says much for music's power, but indicates also the involuntariness of response to it, and therefore the potential danger of its effects in the hands of an unscrupulous manipulator. These assumptions about Western music in general have of course been manifest in criticism of music in Shakespeare. Shakespeare's musical intention is to have us firmly reject the Duke's kind of loving. My reading of the play is more satirical than tragic, my assessment of Troilus' character less favourable than some, especially in the early passages of the play. For wee had no weares of fish, neither coulde our men skill of the making of them. In an early scene of Henry VIII (or All Is True), while denouncing the ‘spells of France’ displayed at the Field of the Cloth of Gold, and the extravagant vanities imitated from the French, Sir Thomas Lovell rejoices in the recent prohibition of these foreign customs and deplores their efficacy in the form of a local ‘O tempora, O mores’, which is not altogether devoid of personal frustration or innocent of erotic meaning: The characteristic reduction of music to an object of discourse, the use of the musical double entendre, with the implicit equation of music and love making, and the superior efficacy of French—and now fortunately illicit—music as erotic recipe, thus estrange the musical material in a threefold manner, making it simultaneously improper, foreign, and alien. The galliard was a joyful affair in which the lady dances away and the man leaps after her, and it was one of the most popular dances of the sixteenth century. The play seems to insist that the true riches of the island are the quick freshes and the fruits that Caliban showed to Prospero, rather than the sumptuous banquet that the lords reach for in vain. “Shakespeare and the ‘Sweet Power of Music.’” In After the Heavenly Tune: English Poetry and the Aspiration to Song, pp. Both dimensions of the problem must be considered together, and the problem itself must be considered with reference to other instances of music in the play, and within the context of the play as a whole. Demonstrates how the music in three Shakespearean tragedies prefigures disorder and dissonance, stimulates memory, and encourages a retrospective view of time. It was not a matter of conscious decision so much as an exercise of the free imagination. ed. / Death that hath suck'd the honey of thy breath …,” Romeo and Juliet, V.iii.91-2) and for comic heroines like Viola (“Make me a willow cabin at your gate, / And call upon my soul within the house …” Twelfth Night, I.v.272-3), so there are many where the nature of the gesture and movement implicit in Shakespeare's verse comes close to dance. Scene 4—Viola talks with Orsino about Olivia. In The Tempest there is the paradox that all its goodly visions issue not from the self-projection of a rich and stable court, but from the power of a magician who inhabits a ‘full poor cell’ on a desert island. It is clear Portia loves Bassanio, but it is not clear what he offers her. His introduction is timed by the story, not by the clock. Thus in what Barthes calls the “grain”—“the body in the voice as it sings, the hand as it writes, the limb as it performs”45—and in which he takes his (erotic) pleasure, these Renaissance moralists also feel this physical, sexual power. To some extent, this view has followed from the fact that for the Elizabethans, music was, at least in part, “transcendent.” It functioned as a potent symbol, a component of the complex ancient traditions of Plato and Pythagoras and later of Boethius. There is talk about happy kings and good government, and the well-known parallels are drawn between the commonwealth and the order of nature. iv., from Orsino's ‘if ever thou shalt love …’ (II. His famous “Our revels now are ended” speech (IV, i, 148) seems, in fact, to point to the limitations of the musically enchanted spectacle he has produced. I would also like to thank Richard Leppert, Susan McClary, Nancy Jones, and Peter Antelyes for inspiration and encouragement. A motto for these sounds might be found in Troilus' assertion that ‘the busy day, Waked by the lark, hath roused the ribald crows’ (IV.ii.8-9). After the fighting, in Act II, numerous indications of sounds of trumpet and cornet mingle with shouts to accompany Coriolanus' triumphal entry into Rome, providing a loud, ironic prelude to his sudden terrible disgrace and banishment. God defend me from these two” (1.2.47-49). According to Barthes, it is this signifiance that enables the singing voice to “escape the tyranny of meaning.”10. Colonial Beauty in Sidney's "Astrophil and Stella" and Shaksespeare's Sonnets; Beauty, As Expressed By Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 In practice, it is for us to recognize the form and shape of these arts of voice and body, ears and eyes, and to unblur their edges. Malvolio introduces it by dropping the love-token; ‘If it be worth stooping for, there it lies in your eyes; if not, be it his that finds it’ (II. Their personalities and actions, moral or immoral, carry out the purposes of these powers but cannot change them. There are no less than fourteen directions here for alarum, flourish, parley, retreat, et cetera, no two of them exactly alike, several of them indicating continuous sounding, and all revealing discrimination in the particular effect: for example, distance in “alarum continues still afarre off”; or, as the great generals bare their heads before Coriolanus, a particularly long trumpet flourish; or a cornet (instead of the trumpet) as the Volscian Aufidius enters to reveal his sinister intention to destroy Coriolanus by foul means. Yet Ariel is not an alien visitor from the world of opera who has wandered into a spoken drama by mistake. Then comes the cynically inappropriate and unlooked-for answer: Diomedes, rising on the toe in sprightly fashion, brings in Cressida. Before turning to Sebastian's final entrance—the moment at which time will stand still and yield to harmony—we have two small irregularities to consider. To hear the music of the spheres is to have a mystical experience. The Tempest is filled with music, containing more songs than any other Shakespearean play. The song begins also to speak not just of death but of change, and although the effects of this change are to depersonalize and dehumanize Alonso (“father” becomes “bones” become “coral”), they are also to render him beautiful, like pearls, “rich and strange.” It is the song's music that enacts and seems to provide a medium for this transformation, pulling against the verbal statements of death and stasis (however lovely its forms). As he listens to the music, Orsino experiences the longing for release from love (but not quite yet, please), as well as a premonition of the emptiness that follows release. In performance, the very strategies that work to contain and displace Lady Mortimer's singing voice—its enfolding in the “otherness” of music, the “interlude” of lyric—also enforce a silence around it, making the other characters her audience. Its negative or “feminine” aspect represents all the dis-orderly energies in soul or society, energies that are constantly threatening to escape from patriarchal control, even as musical signifiance threatens to escape from signification, or the semiotic to erupt into the symbolic. Ariel reminds them of their deposition of Prospero and promises them “lingering perdition” unless they are able to experience “heart's sorrow / And a clear life ensuing” (82). But neither of these possible views can be uppermost in the audience's mind. Lacking causality and motivation, the play's sequence of events denies the coherence of beginning, middle, and end. …”. Olivia's ring contributes a physical aspect to the conditional mood in II. Music symbolizes truth; the song's words are untrue. As Richard manufactures parallels and figures of speech to express his fallen fortunes, part of the passage (about twenty lines) is accompanied by music and Richard's language turns to musical allusions.2 Although the musician or musicians are not seen, the playing of the music and the sound of the music become part of the dramatic fabric of the play. Such irrationality, of course, is irrevocably bound to the body, making music, like women, dangerously erotic and seductive. Joseph Kerman makes a plea for a real music criticism, complaining that musicologists are respected “for the facts they know about music …, not for their insight into music as aesthetic experience” (Contemplating Music: Challenges to Musicology [Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1985], 12-14). Why is it that Da Ponte's “dramma giocosa,” entitled Don Giovanni, a loathsome story of a coarse, witless, worthless libertine, who kills an old man in a duel and is finally dragged down through a trap-door to hell by his twaddling ghost, is still, after more than a century, as “immortal” as Much Ado? … He addes grace to the Poets labours: for what in the Poet is but ditty, in him is both ditty and musicke” (emphasis added).7, Some excellent hints that vocalism took priority over gesture and “production values” are scattered throughout Shakespeare's canon. iii., and to their surprisingly detailed plans; surprising, that is, in a play not much concerned with details of time and place. It lies a bit flat of the page, but, interpreted “musically,” it levitates in the end like Leonora's “Pace, pace, mio dio” or Aïda's “O patria mia”: “Note how actual incoherence—kept within bounds by the strict rhythm of the verse—leads up to and trebles the nobility of a culminating phrase. Most modern critics agree that even though Shakespeare incorporated classical and Neoplatonic theories in his plays, he also questioned the value and power of music. It may be directly the voice of Heaven, the music of the spheres heard by Pericles, the music under the earth heard by Antony's soldiers, the music which accompanies Queen Katharine's vision, or it may be commanded, either by spirits of the intermediate world like Oberon or Ariel, or by wise men like Prospero and the physicians in King Lear and Pericles, to exert a magical influence on human beings. Macbeth was one of the most famous plays in generations, it was written in the early 1600s by William Shakespeare. It was named the Duchy of Burgundy in modern day Belgium. This military music is too easily, and too frequently, relegated to cheapness, an empty blare and rattle to please the ignorant. Mortimer, Glendower, and Hotspur are about to launch their rebellion against the King; their ladies are brought in to bid them farewell. The conditional mood, because of its tendency to float towards silence, reaches out in the direction of music. Knapp, Peggy Ann. The aural contrast is explicit and sharp. “Nay,” says Timon to him, “an you begin to rail on society once, I am sworn not to give regard to you. The final scene broaches the possibility that “the sweet power of music” has helped to bring together another pair of lovers who do not know each other well enough; and one—or both—may purpose merriment too much. The major contributors mainly emphasize bibliography and history, about which they have provided much crucial information (about sources, manuscripts, instrumentation, use in the theater), but they offer limited and relatively unsophisticated commentary on music's dramatic function within the plays.12 Critics who strive for a more interdisciplinary approach, a more markedly “literary” criticism of the play's music, take so broad a view that they are unable to say much in detail about particular songs or plays.13. In an evaluation of Ophelia's songs in Act IV, scene v of Hamlet, Fox-Good (see Further Reading) again applies her arguments about the association of Shakespearean music with socially marginal characters. And, of course, there is mischief brewing. Ajax can too pompously vaunt his challenging trumpets: Richard II can stretch the rhetoric in the fashion of a man overplaying a role when he talks of ‘the boist'rous untuned drums, with harsh-resounding trumpets' dreadful bray’ (I.iii.134-5). Given this emphasis on the maternal, the most significant song Ariel sings (the original music for which does not survive) and the most significant role he plays may be that of Ceres in the masque. In blurring the distinction between music and musical metaphor, they essentialize music itself; it becomes the discursive “other” through an act of linguistic appropriation. With a felicitous irony Shakespeare introduces a quotation from Richard Edwardes' poem, “In Commendation of Musick”. Music in twelfth night essay. As Macbeth performs his bloody act off stage, Lady Macbeth stands on stage straining to hear some sound. The ‘overture’ to Twelfth Night prepared its first audience more concretely than it can hope to prepare a modern audience for a play whose tone would encompass romantic extremes of joy and anguish. I refer to the oddly anticlimactic sequence of recognition and reconciliation scenes in Act V, in which Pericles, after being reunited with his daughter Marina, seems to hear the music of the spheres, then has a vision of the goddess Diana (accompanied by music), and only then, after receiving the goddess' instructions, is reunited with his wife Thaisa, whom he had believed dead and buried at sea. In his Apologia Musices (1588), John Case, the Aristotelian scholar, declares he will refrain from resorting to mythology in his defence of music; still it is only a few pages later that he comes to list not only the classical mirabilia, which are as many topoi, among which those ‘nymphs Islands’, in Lydia, ‘which at the sound of the trumpet forthwith come into the middle of the sea …’,17 but also lists the modern analogues of acoustic mirabilia so as to establish the continuity between the classical and the contemporary worlds: […] in the much renowned church of Winton, a choir—as it were—of the sweetest harmonies, with no human voice, was distinctly heard, and with no little admiration, for many years: […] at the sepulchure of a Scottish nobleman dead for few years, some kind of music—shall I say celestial or terrestrial, doleful for sure—could be heard.18. Taken by themselves, the songs in this play are among the most beautiful Shakespeare wrote and, read in an anthology, we hear them as the voice of Eden, as “pure” poetry. To be clear, I should emphasize that I speak here not specifically of Prospero's mother (or even only of his wife, whose absence from the play is conspicuous) but in Kahn's more general sense of the Mother, whose psychological, social and biological functions constitute her power, a power patriarchal Renaissance culture sought to control and to bring into the service of lineage and primogeniture. At this point, between their planning and their execution, action is suspended, and we and the characters are made to listen to a song. 74-78) claims that the songs and dances determine Polixenes' attitude toward Perdita in the rest of the scene. Vincentio, the Duke, is reputed, if only by Lucio, to have “some feeling” of the merry “sport” of getting bastards. Prospero's shaking of the earth is similarly a self-indulgence unless it is played to some purpose before an audience, just as Ariel's singing acquires a positive function only when scripted by Prospero and directed to human listeners. It is not so for an audience that brings to the play its own preformed opinion of Cressida as the type of faithless lover. Even recent feminist studies do not give Jessica the attention she demands.8 Some critics have suggested that the harmony of Belmont is suspect, but the matter—like Jessica—has still not been adequately considered, in large part because the speculative context has not been fully examined. The ballad that she sings to Claudius tells of a girl's sexual initiation; by the end of the second strophe her lover has “Let in the maid that out a maid / Never departed more” (4.5.54-55). 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