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‘Sounding of the Voice’: Interpreting the Earl of Rochester’s Epilogue to Love in the Dark through an Analysis of Matthew Locke’s Musical Score to Psyche, Thomas J. du Plessis

This article explores the Earl of Rochester’s Epilogue to Love in the Dark through the music drama Psyche by Thomas Shadwell set to music by Matthew Locke. Rochester’s text and Locke’s score are explored within the wider context of rivalry between the Duke’s Company and the King’s Company. A musical analysis of Locke’s score will reveal a conflict between music, libretto and speech that lies at the heart of Rochester’s criticism of Psyche.

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Friday, May 1, 2015
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‘Sounding of the Voice’: Interpreting the Earl of Rochester’s Epilogue to Love in the Dark through an Analysis of Matthew Locke’s Musical Score to Psyche, Thomas J. du Plessis, All rights reserved.