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Shakespeare Songs, Book 7

By Matthew Harris

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Choral (SATB Choir)
Composed by Matthew Harris. Choral Collection. Concert. Softcover. 60 pages. Published by G. Schirmer (HL.50601107).

Item Number: HL.50601107

ISBN 9781540006875. 6.75x10.5 inches.

This is the latest – and 7th – in an a cappella series going back three decades in which the texts are taken from Shakespeare's plays. “Come Unto These Yellow Sands” is a gentle invitation to the listener, at least until the animals take over. “Thou Canst Not Hit It,” in this interpretation, is a song about trying to hit the high and low notes. Surrounded by comedy and tragedy, “Honour, Riches, Marriage-Blessing” is the idyllic center of the set. “O Sweet Oliver,” with its dueling boy and girl choirs, leads into “Willow, Willow,” where the poem's word repetitions inspire the driving rhythm.

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