Song lyrics for the English theatre 1660-1700: a performance analysis

  • Love, Harold (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

Restoration plays preserve the lyrics of over 1500 songs, ranging from sophisticated pieces set by Purcell to words written to popular ballad tunes. The project will collect the entire corpus of these lyrics and use them as the subject for a performance-oriented analysis, integrating words, music (when it survives) and what can be discovered about stage presentation. Cultural meanings will be established through close contextualisation. Rhetorical theory and the concept of 'musical wit' will be used to relate verbal meanings to musical procedures and both to theatrical presentations of the body.
Effective start/end date1/01/0230/06/05


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD119,826.00