[Milton-L] Lawes' Comus

hnelson at sfu.ca hnelson at sfu.ca
Wed Sep 13 15:10:03 EDT 2006

I'm coming into this discussion rather late, so I am not sure if this has
been mentioned already. I inherited from a retiring professor a record (the
"old-fashioned" kind)entitled: "Comus: A Masque with music by Henry Lawes
and Samson Agonistes (excerpts).  It is read by Barbara Jefford, Ian Holm,
William Squire, Tony Church, Margaret Rawlings and Gary Watson. The name
"argo" is on the box, as is the phrase "special London import." I have not
as yet listened to it on a record player, but I wonder if a copy of it is
now available in other formats.  

Holly Faith Nelson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor/First-Year Coordinator
Trinity Western University

On Wed, 13 Sep 2006 13:03:01 -0700 milton-l at lists.richmond.edu wrote:
> Nancy, Cynthia, & other interested persons:
> I'm not expert in this area of Milton studies, but do I have a 
> Heritage Press edition of Comus that includes the words and music for 
> five of "The Airs by Henry Laws." Many libraries will have copies of 
> this volume, I think. I don't have a publication date for this book 
> (which our library does not have), but it was printed by Brooke 
> Crutchley for the Cambridge University Press. According to the 
> introduction, the five songs in the volume are the only ones still extant.
> If you cannot readily find another source for the music, I would be 
> happy to FAX you photocopies of the relevant pages.
> Bests wishes,
> John Ulreich
> P.S. If you do get around to recording a production, I would love to 
> have a copy.
> At 11:53 AM 9/13/2006, you wrote:
> >To chime in:
> >
> >If the sheet music could be located, I'd like to know. I'm planning 
> >a production which could utilize this music, and it could well be
> recorded.
> >
> >Nancy Charlton
> >
> >At 01:37 PM 9/13/2006 -0400, you wrote:
> >
> >> >	 Hello, one and all,
> >> >
> >> >	 I wonder if I might impose upon your expertise for a
> >> >	 moment to ask if any of you are aware either of a
> >> >	 website through which one might listen to samples of
> >> >	 Lawes' music for Comus performed, or if there is a
> >> >	 recording/CD out there commercially available of the
> >> >	 songs from Milton's Masque?
> >>
> >>I too would be interested - I would like my students to hear
> >>the music and even better a performance. They are bright and
> >>willing but having a lot of trouble simply reading the
> >>shorter poems out loud with understanding and clarity. I'm
> >>halting things this afternoon for a workshop on reading out
> >>loud, but will want to revisit this when we get to PL.  Any
> >>hints and helps would be much appreciated.
> >>C
> >>Cynthia A. Gilliatt
> >>English Department, JMU
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