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|Work Title||Orpheus with His Lute (Song)|
|I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No.||IMG 18|
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.||2007|
|Librettist||William Shakespeare (1564–1616)|
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period||Modern|
|Instrumentation||Voice and lute (or guitar)|
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.