Henry Purcell - If Music be the Food of Love Z 379C
John Playford - Divisions over Greensleeves
Pelham Humfrey - Where the bee sucks, there suck I
Henry Purcell - from The Tempest:
Overture (arr. Bougt after de Visée)
Dance of the winds
Your awful voice I hear and I obey
Henry Purcell - Dance of the spirits
Anne Boleyn - O, death Rock me to sleep
Henry Butler - Callino Casturame divisions
Thomas Morley - It was a Lover and his Lass
Tobias Hume - Soldiers Resolution
Robert Johnson - Where the bee sucks, there suck I
Joshua Steele - Extract from Hamlet (Quarto ed.)
Anon. - A Dance in the Play of Julius Cesar
Henry Lawes - A storm
arr. Robert de Visée - Contredance & Double or La Furstemberg
Purcell - From ros'y bow'rs, Come away fellow sailors
Purcell - Music from Timon of Athens
Matthew Locke -Consort for several friends, D minor suite
Thomas Ravenscroft - The Fools song
Matthew Locke - Ayre, Courante
John Wilson - Take, oh take those lips away
Matthew Locke - Ayre, Courante, Saraband
Henry Purcell - The Plaint
The natural musicality of Shakespeare's writing and the intense emotion in his plays continues to influence and inspire music. You’ll hear dances from the spirits in The Tempest; soldier’s songs from Henry V; yearning declarations of love from Measure for Measure; mad songs from King Lear; and music such as Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, written to go alongside productions of Shakespeare plays.
Focussing on the mid- to late-17th Century settings of Shakespeare, Dramma per Musica bring music from a golden age of English composition in which composers broke with older forms to realise a more dramatic and rhetorical style of delivering text. Featuring Henry Purcell, Henry Lawes and Matthew Locke, this programme showcases gems of restoration theatre music.
Going one step further, they attempt to restore the performance of a monologue from Hamlet using Joshua Steele’s unique speech notation, bringing the sound not only of the musicians but also the actor's declamation from the 18th century to 2021.
Evident by their name, Dramma per Musica seek to bring out the drama in music. The group’s debut took place in the 2018 Brighton Early Music Festival and they have been performing in the UK and internationally since.