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Feste's Songs (from Twelfth Night)


Some of Shakespeare’s most popular and memorable songs feature in Twelfth Night, and these timeless lyrics have been set by literally hundreds of composers. A wonderful cast brought this production to life, and included Desmond Barrit, Emma Fielding, Haydn Gwynne, Tony Britton, Bille Brown and Derek Griffiths as the jester Feste, who is not such a fool as he appears. Here he brings the play to a thoughtful close. 

“With its cute Warwickshire street scenes (John Gunter) and lush orchestral underpinning (Nigel Hess), Ian Judge’s production of Twelfth Night has all the signs of a number one tourist attraction.” (Irving Wardle, Independent on Sunday)


Description: voice and orchestra

Duration (mins): 7

Genre: Orchestral - Solo Voices with Orchestra, Orchestral - Chamber Orchestra, Solo Voice

Instrumentation: tenor recorder (=descant) - hn - perc(1): tgl/mark tree/tamb - harp - guitar - strings

Contributors: Shakespeare W()

Languages: English

Commission Details: From incidental music written for the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of William Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night'

First Performance: FP: 1994, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK: Royal Shakespeare Company/dir. Ian Judge

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