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  •  My favorite at the moment ... (7+ / 0-)
    My mistress's eyes are nothing like the sun.
    Coral is far more red than her lips' red.
    If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
    If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
    I have seen roses damasked, red and white,
    But no such roses see I in her cheeks;
    And in some perfumes is there more delight
    Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.
    I love to hear her speak, yet well I know
    That music hath a far more pleasing sound;
    I grant I never saw a goddess go;
    My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground.
         And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare
         As any she belied with false compare.
    Ask me tomorrow and it might be When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes, especially if I chance to be listening to Rufus Wainwright singing it.

    What's your favorite musical arrangement of Shakespeare, or Shakespeare-inspired song?  I used to have a playlist of such things -- although to limit the length, I insisted that the song had to at the very least have one line directly quoted from the Bard, not just vaguely related (thus excluding lines like "Romeo and Juliet are together in eternity").

    •  Batya, I was thinking of this the other day and (1+ / 0-)
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      do you know, I could think only of the "Romeo and Juliet" theme music, which is very melancholy.

      I know there must be a ton of Shakespeare-inspired music (Verdi's "Othello" for one), but I just can't think of any tunes.

      "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

      by Diana in NoVa on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 11:42:02 AM PDT

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      •  I got this :D (3+ / 0-)
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        First off: the Rufus Wainwright I linked to above is from a compilation album called "When Love Speaks".  I haven't listened to anything else on it yet, but it's all settings of Shakespeare to music.

        "Sigh No More" by Mumford & Sons is a pastiche of Shakespeare lines, mostly from Much Ado About Nothing.

        The soundtrack to Were the World Mine is gorgeous, and includes more pastiche -- this time from A Midsummer Night's Dream.

        Apparently there's a rule that if you're going to be a nerdcore rapper, you have to do a Hamlet song.  I find The Great Luke Ski's "Murder Was The Play" amusing, but prefer MC Lars's "Hey There Ophelia".

        I know there's more but I can't recall the rest of it just now ...  I'll be back when I can access my playlist and share the rest of it!

      •  Alas and alack, (2+ / 0-)
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        Batya the Toon, quarkstomper

        I was a music major when I was at the Old Globe Completely unrelated lines for a time running in parallel), so that those two ideas commingle to bring to memory the following:

        My bonnie lass, she smelleth,
        making the flowers jealouth!
        Fa la la (etc.)

        My bonnie lass dismayeth
        Me;  all that she doth say ith:
        Fa la la (etc.)

        My bonnie lass she looketh like a jewel
        And soundeth like a mule.
        My bonnie lass she walketh like a doe
        And talketh like a crow.
        Fa la la (etc.)

        My bonnie lass liketh to dance a lot;
        She’s Guinevere and I’m Sir Lancelot.1
        Fa la la (etc.)

        My bonnie lass I need not flatter;
        What she doth not have doth not matter.
        Oo la la (etc.)

        My bonnie lass would be nice,
        Yea, even at twice the price.
        Fa la la (etc.)

        //PDQ Bach

        I am not religious, and did NOT say I enjoyed sects.

        by trumpeter on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 01:48:58 PM PDT

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