'When the Power of harmony prevails': Jeremy Collier and the 1700 Measure for Measure

Murray, Barbara A.
April 2010
Seventeenth Century;Spring2010, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p158
Academic Journal
About half of Shakespeare's plays were re-written after the Restoration, and one feature of these stage versions is the interpolation of musical effects and, particularly, of songs-their words reckoned to be of significant importance. This paper offers an account of the role of theatre music and its songs in the last few years of the Seventeenth Century as a factor in precipitating and, with one Shakespeare version, in attempting to offer some resolution of the Collier controversy of the late 1690s. A short introduction to the contemporary arguments about music, and specifically stage music, is followed by an examination of music's reception within Charles Gildon's version of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure of 1700.


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