Richard II evokes an opulent sound-world, by turns heraldic, liturgical, and vernacular. For deposed, captive Richard near the play's end, music and how we hear it are a metaphor for all that has gone wrong:
Ha, ha! keep time: how sour sweet music is,
When time is broke and no proportion kept!
So is it in the music of men's lives.
And here have I the daintiness of ear
To check time broke in a disorder'd string;
But for the concord of my state and time
Had not an ear to hear my true time broke.
Richard II, Act V, Sc 5
Richard Morris's new score combines instrumental and vocal music of the time with contemporary sounds in ways which support and illuminate Shakespeare's exploration of power, conspiracy and human frailty.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Abbey Shakespeare Players' productions in St Dogmaels Abbey we recorded a selection of Richard Morris's music from the plays which is available on CD.
Songs of Spring and Winter is played by the Abbey Shakespeare Consort and conducted by Paul Daniel.
To purchase a copy of the CD (£10+p&p) please contact Richard Morris: