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January 5, 2009 7:09 PM Subscribe
HighSchoolTwelfthNightProductionFilter: Help me set some Shakespearean songs to 1920's dixieland jazz melodies.
posted by HeroZero to Media & Arts (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Challenging, esoteric topic for the hive mind:
My high school students are performing Twelfth Night soon. They chose to set the play in a sort of mythical "Mardi Gras" setting. Feste sings a couple of songs, and I'm trying to find some period music for the actor to sing along with. Mostly this has involved me muttering along to my Louis Armstrong tracks in iTunes. Does anyone have any advice on how else do this?
Here are the two songs Feste will sing:
O mistress mine, where are you roaming?
O, stay and hear; your true love's coming,
That can sing both high and low:
Trip no further, pretty sweeting;
Journeys end in lovers meeting,
Every wise man's son doth know.
What is love? 'tis not hereafter;
Present mirth hath present laughter;
What's to come is still unsure:
In delay there lies no plenty;
Then come kiss me, sweet and twenty,
Youth's a stuff will not endure.
Come away, come away, death,
And in sad cypress let me be laid;
Fly away, fly away breath;
I am slain by a fair cruel maid.
My shroud of white, stuck all with yew,
O, prepare it!
My part of death, no one so true
Did share it.
Not a flower, not a flower sweet
On my black coffin let there be strown;
Not a friend, not a friend greet
My poor corpse, where my bones shall be thrown:
A thousand thousand sighs to save,
Lay me, O, where
Sad true lover never find my grave,
To weep there!