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Selected Songs of Thomas Campion


  • Author:
    Campion, Thomas
  • Publisher:
    David Godine, Boston, 1973
  • ISBN:
    879230363
  • Catalog ID:
    1307586
  • Our ref:
    1307586

Selected & prefaced by W. H. Auden with an introduction by John Hollander. First edition, 1973. Hardback. 162pp. Publisher's cloth binding with gilt to upper board and spine. Dust jacket in a removable protective sleeve. W. H. Auden begins his preface to this edition by ststing plainly that "Thomas Campion is the only man in English cultural history who was both a poet and a composer." Campion certainly had a unique ability to combine music and verse. This collection pays tribute to the most complete lyricist in our history by presenting some of his best work in a format accessible to both readers of the poetry and performers of the music. Forty-eight poems and one complete masque have been selected here. Beside twenty of these poems appear their musical settings in the calligraphy of Edith McKeon Abbott. In addition, the music for these same twenty songs is reproduced in facsimile from the original "Bookes of Ayres" to make available to the modern reader the Renaissance performing versions, with the voices arranged around the page so the songs can be rendered by singers arranged around a table. Book in near fine condition. Just a little rubbing around the extremities of the spine. Dust jacket very good. Unclipped and with minor edge wear only. Very lightly soiled.
  • Our price: £20.00

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