The Food of Love: Songs, Dances, and Fancies for Shakespeare

The Baltimore Consort

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Founded in 1980 to perform the instrumental music of Shakespeare’s time, The Baltimore Consort has explored early English, Scottish, and French popular music, focusing on the relationship between folk and courtly art song, and dance. Their interest in early music of English/Scottish heritage has also led them to delve into the rich trove of traditional music preserved in North America.

There are hundreds of references to music in the works of Shakespeare. Shakespeare’s music can be placed into three general categories: Incidental Music- The individual titles of incidental music in Shakespeare’s works are never named but the directions “music here,” “music begins,” “music for dancing,” etc. are provided. Literary References- Shakespeare refers to the music, music theory, and instruments of the time within the text of his works.

A humorous example is found in the names of the musicians Peter confronts in Romeo and Juliet: Hugh Rebec, Simon Catling and James Soundpost. Songs- Specific songs are included for performance in the text of Shakespeare’s plays. Shakespeare authored the lyrics to some of these songs but also incorporated popular songs known to his contemporary audiences. The plays did not include notation of the tunes of these songs. However, we are certain that Robert Johnson’s settings for “Full Fathom Five” and “Where the Bee Sucks” are the same as when originally performed in The Tempest.

Johnson is well documented as Shakespeare’s composer. For the other songs on the recording we are using the earliest surviving versions – both published and from manuscript – which are contemporary with Shakespeare’s productions. These include, “It Was a Lover and his Lasse,” “Farewell, Dear Love,” “When Griping Grief,” “Gravedigger’s Song,” and “Willow Song.”

 

Tracklist

1.
Les buffons
02:56
2.
Kemp's Jig
01:15
3.
It Was a Lover and His Lasse
03:05
4.
O Mistresse Mine
02:07
5.
Peg-a-Ramsey
00:52
6.
Farewell, Dear Love
02:21
7.
When Griping Grief
03:05
8.
My Lady Carey's Dompe
02:56
9.
Complain My Lute
06:18
10.
Heart's Ease, The Honiesuckle
02:57
11.
The Queen's Goodnight
01:08
12.
Fancy
02:19
13.
The Carman's Whistle
05:24
14.
Cuckolds All a-Row
00:32
15.
Whoope, Do Me No Harm - Jog On
02:18
16.
The King of Denmark, His Galliard
01:52
17.
Tarleton's Riserrectione, Plucked Strings
02:36
18.
Gravedigger's Song - Tarleton's Riserrectione
02:37
19.
Bonny Sweet Robin
02:27
20.
Tarleton's Jig
02:15
21.
Greensleeves I
01:11
22.
Greensleeves II
01:18
23.
Where the Bee Sucks
00:55
24.
Full Fathom Five
01:49
25.
Fortune My Foe
02:23
26.
Willow Song
03:24
27.
Fairie Rownde
01:27
28.
The Mad Merry Pranks of Robin Goodfellow
04:04

Total time: 01:07:51

Additional information

Label

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DSL92234

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Digital Converters

Horus (recording), Hapi (mastering), Merging Technologies

Editing Software

Pyramix, Merging Technologies

Mastering Engineer

Daniel Shores

Original Recording Format

Producer

Dan Merceruio

Recording Engineer

Daniel Shores

Recording Location

Leighton Concert Hall, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, University of Notre Dame — July 29-August 2, 2018

Recording Software

Pyramix, Merging Technologies

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DXD

Speakers

Legacy Audio

Release Date August 23, 2019

Press reviews

KDFC – Album of the Week

“If music be the food of love, play on.”

Since 1980, The Baltimore Consort has solidified themselves as early music experts, mastering the music from Shakespeare’s time, and even earned themselves Billboard’s Top Classical-Crossover Artist of the Year along the way.

Their latest album, The Food of Love (Songs, Dances, and Fancies for Shakespeare) explores some of the hundreds of references to music in the works of Shakespeare.

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