Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence Order of Meeting: Summer Service of 26 June 2005 "How Shakespeare Tells Us Who We Are" David Mix Barrington and Kat Lovell Welcome and Announcements Prelude: Tarleton's Riserrection Dowland Chris Stetson, lute Lighting of the Chalice *Hymn: #330 The Arching Sky of Morning Glows *Opening Words (unison) "All the world's a stage And all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts." *Hymn: Old Hundredth From all that dwell below the skies Let songs of hope and faith arise Let peace, goodwill on earth be sung Through every land, by every tongue De todos bajo el gran sol Surja esperanza, fe, amor Verdad, y belleza cantando De cada tierra, cada voz. *Community Greeting Offertory: The Faerie's Dance Johnson Meditation Interlude: A Time For Us Rota Karl Drumm, piano Readings Interlude Kemp's Jig Anonymous Sermon "How Shakespeare Tells Us Who We Are" David Mix Barrington *Hymn: #17 Every Night and Every Morn Closing Words Postlude: Brush Up Your Shakespeare Porter DAMB, vocal, Karl Drumm, piano Thanks to Chris and Karl for the music, and to Tony Burton, Sally Greenhouse, Kat Lovell, and Andrea Zucker for help with the verbal parts and general inspiration. Musical Notes (from Chris Stetson) Shakespeare's plays contain numerous references to music, and contemporary sources tell us that even more music and dancing was part of his performances. The lute music presented today all comes from Shakespearean England. Though John Dowland (1563-1626) was one of the most famous composers of his day, he failed to gain royal patronage, and spent many years working on the Continent. His "Tarleton's Riserrection" is a beautiful Galliard, probably a memorial for Richard Tarleton, the jester to Elizabeth I also known as "Shakespeare's clown", who died in 1588. While Dowland's music represents the "old school" of English music, the music of Robert Johnson (1582-1633) was cutting-edge for the time. He worked both at court and in dramatic productions and almost certainly knew Shakespeare. His "Faerie's Dance" might well have been used in a production at the Globe Theater. Finally, the anonymous "Kemp's Jig" is most likely named for another Shakespearean clown, Will Kemp, and may well commemorate his "Nine Daie Wonder" of Morris dancing from London to Norwich. After his death, Shakespeare's plays continued to inspire musicians as well as actors; from Felix Mendelssohn to Nino Rota (1911-1979), who wrote the music for Franco Zefferelli's 1968 film version of "Romeo and Juliet", to Cole Porter (1891-1964), whose song "Brush Up Your Shakespeare" is from the Broadway show "Kiss Me Kate".
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