May 2008 edition

elizabethan-captioned-photo.jpgOur program “Elizabethan Delites” (10 minutes and 41 seconds) features:

An anonymous work, “Now is the month of Maying”,

“Full Fathom Five” by Robert Johnson (1582-1633) ,

“The Servant of his Mistress” by John Bennet (1575-1614), and

The anonymous “Unto the Prophet”.

This performance by Ars Antigua directed by Jerry Fuller features Nancy Bristol, soprano; William Bauer, renaissance and baroque violins; Jeff Noonan, lutes and theorbo; and Henry Claude, tabor.

The text for Full Fathom Five is from William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and was set to music by Shakespeare’s contemporary Robert Johnson. The song was most likely performed during Ariels’ speech in which he deliberately mis-informs Ferdinand about the death of his father in the sea storm.