Soprano and piano or string orchestra
‘Four Shakespeare Songs’ sets texts exploring different aspects of love. Using passages from A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Hamlet, As You Like It, and Anthony and Cleopatra, McDowall’s writing is beautiful and clever in how it reflects the moods and emotions of the various characters in the texts.
Duration: 10 minutes
Oxford University Press
First performance 1992 | Gillian Humphreys (s), Courtney Kenny (pft) | Southwark Cathedral, London

An accompaniment for string orchestra is available on hire.

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