University of York Song Day
Saturday 18 February | 3.00pm
Where the Bard Lurks…
Professor David Lindley
£3 (students free)
Day Ticket: £32 (£28) £6 students
Please note there is a £1.50 administration charge per transaction
Presented in association with The University of York
Music played an important role in Shakespeare’s plays, and while few of the original songs have survived with their music, the words have inspired countless settings and textual re-workings. This lecture/discussion considers the many 20th century settings in the context of those of the 19th and 21st centuries.
Our annual Song Day focuses on settings of the great bard’s verse, albeit after 2016’s significant anniversaries but it is never too late to celebrate the words that have inspired so much great music. Originally the settings were heard in the context of the plays for which they were written but gradually moved outside the theatre so that by the late 19th and 20th centuries many composers – especially British ones – were inspired to set Shakespeare’s texts. These include Stanford, Sullivan, Vaughan Williams, Coates, Quilter, Finzi, Bridge, Maconchy, Dring – a veritable stellar group of composers for the voice!