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Music in Shakespeare

Wilson, Christopher


Christopher Wilson


This website attempts to identify every music reference in context in each play and in a number of poems where they occur. Music in Shakespeare is a wide-ranging subject embracing terms and phrases of many differing kinds and definitions. For the purposes of this website, ‘music' has been interpreted as relating to sound (instruments, voice and vocalization, noise such as shouting and ordnance, natural phenomenon such as tempests, thunder, wind, etc ), theory and philosophy (pedagogy, rudiments, neo-classical philosophy and ideas), dance (accompanied by instruments), military cues (alarum, march, retreat, parley, usually or notionally involving an instrument such as trumpet or drum), expressive or ‘emotional' terms (sigh, doleful, mournful, etc), generic terms (anthem, ayre, madrigal, etc), performative procedures (strike drums, wind horns, blow trumpets, touch the lute, sing a song), and miscellaneous or stand-alone terms which may have only an oblique connection with music but which nonetheless support a musical context-Shakespeare tends to cluster musical references rather than present them in isolation.


Wilson, C. Music in Shakespeare. [Dataset]

Deposit Date Nov 13, 2014
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Keywords REF 2014 submission
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