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(CM126-7: 65 cues) First performance 1606; first folio (1623) has added musical stage directions; OS (1990) 225-33. App. B ‘Musical Additions’/ NC p. xxiv/ B258 discuss these probably spurious musical additions (possibly used in Middleton’s ‘The Witch’ c1614) in Act III v and sections of Act IV i: 39-43 and 125-32. See also SS lii (1999) 143-153 Stephen Orgel ‘Macbeth and the antic round’ where he writes on the background to and problems of staging the ‘divertissement.’ MM3 suggests the play opens without music. LH183-6: instruments: drums, trumpets, as ironic symbols of hospitality, hoboys (shawms).

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In ۞Wt the ensemble ‘Les Witches’ perform a number of masque dances (with some use of distortion to achieve a sinister effect, including ‘the striking atmospheric’ (SA p. 578) ‘The Furies’ (LM72: 36r, 87r) SA125 155A
see also 160, 162 and 415a below. The Galilei Ensemble presents three pieces especially relevant which might be used in the play ۞EnG 17: ‘Life is but a walking shadow’, ‘Mill, mill O’, and ‘Pawky Adam Glen’. Hecate and The Witches need to show (albeit grotesque) competence in singing, as in Robert JOHNSON’s ’O let us howl’ ۞KyJ7 and ‘Charon, oh Charon’ ۞KyJ 13. 155B-F
I i 0 Thunder and lightening. (B256) kettledrums
ii 0 Alarum within. (B256) trumpet alone in the nature of a flourish
iii 0 Thunder. (B256) kettledrums
27-36 Drum within. (B256) rapid rolling of side-drum [A drum, a drum—Macbeth doth come] All dancing in a ring The weird sisters hand in hand…
86 […To thy self-same tune and words]
iv 0, 58 Flourish; Flourish
v 24 [Hie thee hither…] (B256-7) distant trumpet heralding Macbeth’s arrival]
vi; vii 0 {Hautboys and torches} Hautboys. Torches (GPc vi 71/ B257) *bagpipes 156
a) LH184: 1610 Robert DOWLAND 1st Queen’s Masque for Jonson: entry dance. lute DR24/ SA225/ Chan 17a (pp.211-2) ۞Pd1; consort à 6 (3sa+ 3co) SA239; ۞Hc 17 i
b) MH137: *pavane with old-fashioned polyphonic texture in both scenes: producing in sc vii: ironic effect
vii 60 [screw your courage to the sticking-place And we’ll not fail] Anthony Burgess (Shakespeare. Vintage press, 1996, p.66) notes that this allusion is directly drawn from the act of tuning the lute.
II i 61 A bell rings.
iii 74; 79-82 [Ring the alarum bell] Bell rings. [What’s the business, That such a hideous trumpet calls to parley The sleepers of the house?]
III i 10 Sennet sounded. Hautboys or trumpets. (B257) magnificent long flourish
iv 0 Enter Macbeth… (B257) {Flourish}
0-{82} Banquet prepared. (MH137-8): a *galliard in homophonic style with little inner harmonic tension; or, for extra dramatic effect a silent banquet with ceremonial music stifled? (SM40) hautboys LH186, 189: 1583 Scotche gayliarde, lute (DL26) LSP 1 157
v 33 {singing dispersedly within}, [Music and a song] {within} ‘Come away, come away,’ &c {probably spurious; possibly intended for Middleton’s ‘The Witch’} Gooch 6925 158
a) S88/ LH188: (for 1611 performance) lst folio interpolated ‘Heart’s-ease (281a)
b) CU6/ LH190, 193-5 [Gooch 6925]: US-NYp Drexel MS 4175: Robert JOHNSON attrib. ‘Come away, Hecate! M + k: EL LS12 (ii 17): 22; ۞BaS23/ ۞Eh23/ ۞KyJ9; facsimile OS230-1; S+B voices + lute Jb9; bc LH193-5; ۞PaH 15; as lute song ۞DO i 11; melody and text DO 99-100
c) CM 128 solo voice + rSATB: shortened version of b)
IV i 0 Thunder
10-11; 20-1 Double, double, toil and trouble… BR68-9 has description. 159
CM 129-136 chant like melody sung by the three witches: WEELKES a melody based on an In nomine here set as an incantation with rSATB + g/k [identified as an adaptation of the In nomine à 5 viols MB ix 53]
43 Music and a song ‘Black Spirits,’ &c. {probably spurious as III v 33} cf OS232 160
a) CU7/ LH199: (à 2 LM25 21r, 74 v) attrib. Robert JOHNSON ‘1st Witch’s dance’ Chan 16b/ SA76/ bars 1-8 WP141/ LMw i 2/ LMw i 10; rSA/T Z7; rSSA Ez23 ۞BaS24/ ۞Eh21/ ۞PaH16/ ۞Wt24; used in 1609 Jonson ‘The Maske of Queens’ lute (GB-Lbl Add. MS 38539 f4/ BA71, p.65)/ tBO f26r 81); as ‘Almaine no 6. ‘The Witches daunce in the Queen’s masque;’ 1610 Robert DOWLAND DR27; kSA246 and an à 5 setting by BRADE as ‘Hexsentanz’ in C major (BN49) SA247/ LMw i 2; ۞Pd 2/ ۞WF 12; rSS/AATB BC ii 21. Sabol notes: if played briskly, violins energetically attacking the trills, the piece will sound decidedly malevolent. PS172-3 has text of the song. WD1 as used in Middleton’s play ‘The Wyche’ (GB-Lbl Add MS 17786-91, no 6} TB6
b) uDO65-7 set to ‘Packington’s Pound’; ۞DO i 5 (303b)
83, 92, 103 Thunder
122; 127 Hautboys [Why sinks that cauldron? And what noise is this?] A show of eight Kings 161
LH188-9: c1624. ADSON, attrib. ‘Divells dance’: antimasque à 2 (LM85 f39v-40, 98v) SA138 rA + k BJ7; rA + g LMz12; rATTBB LMh5; à 5 AC10/ SA277; bqACb 10; lute (GB-Lbl Add MS 38539 f30v) SA278 in this hautboys effectively drown noise of stage mechanisms
145-6 [I’ll charm the air to give a sound, While you perform your *antic round]
148 Music. The Witches dance, and vanish… (BR) grotesque *round dance 162
OS232 description CU8 (à 2: LM26 21v, 75r) R JOHNSON attrib. 2nd Witch’s dance; Chan 16b ii/SA77/ r bars 8-15:WP142; ۞BaS25/ ۞CamM1; with realization of continuo. LMw i 3; rSATB viols/ strings LMh 6; kSA248 (GB-Oc MS 92 f 15, ‘The Witches’) rSA/T Z8; ۞Eh22/ ۞۞Wt 13
IV iii 98-99 [Nay, had I power, I should pour the sweet milk of concord into hell]
237 [This tune goes manly]
V ii,iv,v,vi 0 Enter… with a drummer and colours (B258) English march N&200-1 (78) 163
v 48 [Ring the alarum bell] Alarums
vi 9-10 [Make all our trumpets speak, give them all breath, Those clamorous harbingers of blood and death] {Alarums continued} i.e. into sc vii
viii 0; 10 Alarums
ix 7 Alarum
34 Alarums
xi 0; 26; 41 Retreat and flourish. Enter with a drummer and colours…; Flourish; Flourish.

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