November's #Shakespeare400 song

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Dec 1, 2016, 12:00:43 AM12/1/16
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Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!  Now that I’m back, I’m happy to roll-out “Arise” – the November song for #Shakespeare400.  (You'll probably be seeing this right at midnight...)  The song is from “Cymbeline” (and begins with the 1st line “Hark, hark, the lark”).  The YouTube recording features Ray Allen Fritz, singing Shakespeare’s words with music composed by Donna Stearns. 

To Purchase the Sheet Music:

Buy your copy for $5 via PayPal via this link to Donna’s “Arise” Page- (If clicking the link doesn’t take you to this Music Page, just copy/paste into your browser.) 

A sample page of the sheet music is next to the video clip and displays the lowest note – the pitch D (circled), written a whole step above Middle C on the Tenor Clef (but is really sung down an octave).  The highest note is a 9th above (the high Eb) but it appears on the 2nd page.  The song is recorded in Bb but if you prefer a different key, please email to make a key request.  The sheet music can be transposed based on a key request or by emailing Donna the top note of your vocal range.  Once payment is received, you’ll receive a Vocal-Piano arrangement PDF to your email address as well as an mp3.  The music is written out but also has chords above the staves.  (Please note that the mp3 is only available in the recorded key of Bb even though the sheet music can be transposed to any key.)

Hope you enjoy the music, and please spread the word, and thank you for your support!

Hark, hark, the lark at heaven’s gate sings,

And Phoebus ‘gins arise,

His steeds to water at those springs

On chaliced flowers that lies.


And winking Mary-buds begin

To ope their golden eyes;

With every thing that pretty is,

My lady sweet, arise,

Arise, arise.


About #Shakespeare400:

2016 marks 400 years since William Shakespeare’s death, and worldwide, this great playwright is being celebrated through his plays, adaptations, inspired works, exhibits, and music.  Shakespeare Saturdays is participating by offering sheet music to Shakespeare songs– with music composed by Donna Stearns, Resident Composer and set to Shakespeare text.  

Here’s to Shakespeare!

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