16. February 2018 - 15:30 till 17:00
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Pleasure Might Make Her Read - Songs and poems of Philip Sidney | Friday, 16. February 2018

A performance and discussion of songs and sonnets from Sir Philip Sidney’s Astrophel & Stella and Arcadia with The Musicians in Ordinary (Hallie Fishel, soprano and John Edwards, lute) and Prof. David Klausner.
Among the sonnets of his sonnet cycle Astrophel and Stella are strophic lyrics labelled ‘songs’ which are found in songbooks of the period. A number of the lyrics in his Certaine Sonets have rubrics like ‘To the tune of Basciami vita mia’ or ‘To the French tune’. Sidney’s lyrics then, were expected to be sung and his versification was sometimes tailored to fit the rhythms of pre-existing tunes. This Friday workshop will begin with a short talk about these songs, and the intertwining and ‘marketing’ of Philip’s life, works and legend with those of important personages in his life: his sister Mary, his editor and the dedicatee of The Countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia; his brother Robert; his friend Robert Devereux, the Earl of Essex; and Essex’s sister, Penelope, the Lady Rich. Following the talk, the audience will experience Sidney’s works through song, performed by The Musicians in Ordinary (Hallie Fishel, soprano and John Edwards, lute), as well as readings from Astrophel and Stella and Arcadia in original pronunciation by Professor David Klausner, and lute music dedicated to the various ’stars’ of Sidney’s life. Composers include John Dowland, Guillaume Tessier and Anthony Holborne. Free admission. Talk at 3:30, music at 4pm.
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