Orpheus with His Lute (Grayson, Martin)

Contents

Performances

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General Information

Work Title Orpheus with His Lute (Song)
Alternative. Title
Composer Grayson, Martin
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 2007
First Publication. 2008
Librettist William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
Language English
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation Voice and lute (or guitar)


Misc. Comments

This was an entry into a competition to set the Shakespeare text, (from the play Henry VIII), specifically for lute and voice, in a manner influenced by golden age Elizabethan lute song. This popular text has been set by many composers, including Edward German, Sullivan, Ivor Gurney and Vaughan-Williams, though apparently not by any Jacobean composers.

There is the original lute version here and a guitar version which is slightly clumsy because the chords used exploit the position of the 3rds in the lute tuning. Scordatura might help here.