From the PREFACE:
while my pal Professor Vaughan requested me if I had inspiration over any topic for a dissertation, I felt depressed. For I remembered the depression compilation that's anticipated from a scholar who units out to take a level in English Literature.
while thinking about over attainable matters, a music-teacher of my early life, the overdue Wallis Vincent, A.R.C.O. (one whom I trendy tremendously not just for his musicianship, which was once substantial, but in addition for his enjoy funny poetry, his prepared wit, and his genial kindness), lent me his manuscript of a favored lecture on " Shakespeare and Music." i used to be struck by way of the quantity of enjoyable he had received out of it, and foresaw that to make a deeper examine of the topic will be to tread an enticing direction. i determined to not paintings the floor already appropriated through Mr. E. W. Naylor and re-worked through Mr. L. C. Elson, yet to move extra afield and describe the proportion taken by way of musicians in an Elizabethan play.
I drew up a scheme, used to be fortunate adequate to have it permitted, and proceeded to gather fabrics to make it right into a dissertation. the result's the next little ebook. It doesn't think to be greater than a cartoon, which at a few destiny time i'm hoping to magnify. I must have loved to learn and ransack each play of the interval for fabric, yet regrettably, 1 had no longer time adequate for this.
Then why submit? I put up with a view to file development ; but in addition simply because i believe scholars of Shakespeare and musical historians will locate during this essay a lot that's of curiosity, and anything that's new.
the best remorse i've got is that Wallis Vincent are usually not learn those pages. He observed the 1st draft of the MS. and used a few of its fabric for his final lecture on " Shakespeare and Music." It used to be his appreciation that first led me to hunt a writer. To him I owe the best thank you, and to his pricey reminiscence I supply this acknowledgement.
furthermore I thank Professor Moorman whose lectures on Shakespeare sealed my curiosity within the topic. My thank you also are because of Herbert Thompson, Esq., who easily supplied me with a initial bibliography; to Rev. W. H. Frere, who gave me a whole account of "jubili"; to Rev. A. Hastings Kelk, who proven my suspicions in regards to the resource of Bale's canticles; to the readers of the Cambridge collage Press, who mentioned, as well as minor information, the good percentage which tune had within the creation of Italian drama of the interval; and specially to Professor Vaughan, who, as well as a sympathetic curiosity within the paintings, has been more than enough to learn the proofs.
yet one more be aware needs to be extra. considering the fact that web page 23 was once written, M. Albert Feuillerat has proven (Shakespeare Jahrbuch, XLVIII. p. eighty one) that Blackfriars Theatre used to be based as early as 1578 via Richard Farrant, the musician.