Tagged: shakespeare

Was Shakespeare a scientist?

  A recent article by Dan Falk of The Telegraph puts forth this important question by highlighting that:  The genius from Stratford-upon-Avon has worn many hats over the years, with imaginative scholars casting him as a closet Catholic, a mainstream Protestant, an ardent capitalist, a Marxist, a misogynist, a feminist, a homosexual, a legal clerk […]

Shakespeare’s Sonnets, Sung

In anticipation of the lecture on Shakespeare’s sonnets by Prof. Ricks next week in CC 201, here are performances of the Bard’s fourteeners, set to music.   No. 29 (Rufus Wainwright)

The Calliope Project Presents: Hamlet Asylum

“…Not to be.” Hamlet, his father now only a memory, makes a final, solemn decision. His life cut short in its prime, because he could not face a new reality. “Who’s there?” Ophelia, a young girl caught off guard in the middle of the night, is pulled into the darkness. Thrown into a terrible nightmare, […]

David Gilmour: Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18

Core classes often explore Shakespeare’s work, and the video above illustrates the inspiration musicians can draw from it. For an article discussing Gilmour’s interpretation, visit bit.ly/XhVBrD

Lowell House Opera’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The official event description, for April 3rd, 5th, and 6th: With this year’s production, Lowell House Opera joins the worldwide festivities celebrating the centennial year of Benjamin Britten, one of the most influential composers of the 20th century and greatest composers in British music history. A master of modern opera, Britten skillfully captures the magical […]

Marginal Note #1: Sassan Tabatabai’s notes on Shakespeare’s King Lear

Core students, faculty, and alumni are invited to contribute to “Marginalia.” This will be a series of images showing how readers relate to their books via underscoring, scribbles, and other forms of mark-up. This first entry in the series comes from Prof. Sassan Tabatabai’s personal copy of King Lear. Click on the image for a […]

Wainwright sings Sonnet 29

Professor Ricks lectured last week to the students of CC201 on the sonnets of William Shakespeare. Since he did not have time enough in the short span of the lecture period to grant the students a sung performance of any of the poems, here is a popular American singer Rufus Wainwright with his own musical […]

“Shakespeare’s Songs” on May 1st

We are pleased to announce this lecture / recital on “Shakespeare’s Songs”, featuring Christopher Ricks as lecturer; Dana Whiteside, baritone; and James Johnson, piano. The program features songs set to texts by William Shakespeare. Composers include Peter Warlock, Robert Schumann, Benjamin Britten, Francis Poulenc, Roger Quilter, and Erich Korngold. The event is TOMORROW, Tuesday, May […]

Crib notes for Hamlet

You may be asked to summarize the plot of Shakespeare’s Hamlet during your study of the play in CC201 this fall. If so, you couldn’t do worse than to give as precise and cogent an answer as the student author does here: Hamlet was a young man very nervous. He was always dressed in black […]

Analects of the Core: Shakespeare on journeys’ ends

Journeys end in lovers meeting, Every wise man’s son doth know. – Shakespeare, Twelfth Night (II, iii, 44-45)