Shakespeare Songs for Mezzo-Soprano And Piano op.414 (June 1990)

Arrangement in D major by the composer transposed from the original for tenor and string quartet
Published by: Highbridge Music Ltd
Commissioned by: Chester Festival
Note on Lyrics: William Shakespeare (songs from various plays)
Duration: 23 mins
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Recording of the original version for tenor and string quartet on Meridian CDE84553 Howard Blake: Chamber Music by Martyn Hill and English Serenata. Recording by Richard and Susan Hughes in St. Lawrence's Parish Church, Mickleton, Glos.


  • 1: The Country 2 minutes 03 seconds
    Under the greenwood tree

    From 'As you like it'

  • 2: The Wind 2 minutes 37 seconds
    Blow, blow thou winter wind

    From 'As you like it'

  • 3: The Sea 2 minutes 49 seconds
    Full fathom five

    from 'The Tempest'

  • 4: Spring 1 minutes 32 seconds
    It was a lover and his lass

    From 'As you like it'

  • 5: Winter 2 minutes 42 seconds
    When icicles hang by the wall

    From 'Love's labours lost'

  • 6: Wedding Hymn 1 minutes 11 seconds
    Wedding is great Juno's crown

    From 'As you like it'

  • 7: Lament 3 minutes 14 seconds
    Come away death

    from 'Twelfth night'

  • 8: Clown's song 2 minutes 20 seconds
    When that I was and a little tiny boy

    from 'Twelfth night'

  • 9: Dirge for Fidele 4 minutes 42 seconds
    Fear no more the heat o' the sun

    From 'Cymbeline'


Key D major

Related Works

'SHAKESPEARE SONGS (for tenor and string quartet)' op.378 (July 1987) (Audio Sample Available)
A song-cycle
'SHAKESPEARE SONGS (for tenor and string orchestra)' op.378a (October 1987)
'SHAKESPEARE SONGS (for high voice and piano)' op.605 (September 2009)
A version of the cycle with piano in its original key of E major, as the string quartet

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