I'm considering putting together a book of songs from Shakespeare's plays for use in performances, in hopes there will be a demand for them, since Shakespeare remains popular.  If anyone reading this knows of any theatrical company, at any level from school drama classes to professional companies or anything in between, who may be interested in such songs, please let me know.

Sigh no more, ladies, from Much Ado About Nothing, is one of Shakespeare's best known lyrics. I've adapted the music for this setting for tenor, flute, and cello, from a setting for soprano duet and piano by Charles Lincoln, 1850.  This setting is conventional in nature; though scored for tenor, I think it would be within the range of some baritones, or I could transpose it down a few steps.

Computer generated audio file (with choral ahs for vocal even though the vocal is supposed to be a single voice) with simultaneous lyrics display available at MuseScore Sigh no more, ladies.  This link should work for anyone, but please let me know if there is any problem with it.

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  • Hi Jon,

    Interesting approach...  I am not an expert of the music of that era...  But it sounds OK to me.

    Why don't you expand it and give it a more static form?  Also why do you have to use the same style?

    A so called ultra modern approach could use this material as pastage and it would be a greater

    composition may be.... Sorry, I am day dreaming again...

    Thank you for sharing it.  The idea behind is very clever.

    All the best.


    • Thanks for the comment.  I'm not sure what a more static form means, but if the same style means the style of the original piece this is adapted from, I have an answer to that.  I plan to compose versions of songs from the most often performed Shakespeare plays in different styles, so performers can choose what sort of style they want.  Some pieces, like this one, will be in traditonal classical style, others may be like folk song, popular song, and some even atonal.

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