Words Make the Music



A Shakespeare Sequence
John Gardner, Composer


William Shakespeare  


“We bring you a charming collection of 8 short movements featuring settings of some of Shakespeare’s most beloved words.  Each movement creates a new atmosphere, from jaunty and angular to an off-beat waltz and a mysterious song of the sea.


“This tribute to the Bard will feature guest artist Susan Azaret Davies joining Canzona’s pianist Janis Johnson in an accompaniment composed for piano 4-hands.  You’ll hear the tolling of the ship’s bell from The Tempest, a jazzy, soulful piece from Measure for Measure, a setting of “Orpheus with his lute” from Henry VIII which includes a piano part that imitates a lute, and a rousing double-choir finish from As You Like It.”


-Cricket Handler, Artistic Director


The Gardner Sequence Songs:
It Was a Lover and His Lass
Who is Sylvia
O Mistress Mine
If music be the food of love, play on
Take, O take those lips away
Full fathom five
Orpheus with his lute
Under the greenwood tree

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