Music written for productions of Macbeth which included the songs and dances.
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Music for the dance performed by twelve witches in a masque staged by Ben Jonson in February 1609. Printed by Robert Dowland in 1610, in a collection of practice pieces for the lute. Printed again by Cutts (1959, no. 7) and attributed by him to Robert Johnson. It is suggested that the same music may have been used in The Witch (and subsequently in Macbeth).
Music for the song sung by Isabella in Act II, scene 1, of The Witch. Printed by Cutts (1959, no. 5), from a contemporary manuscript, and attributed by him to Robert Johnson.
Music written for a song in The Witch, subsequently transplanted into a production of Macbeth. Printed by Cutts (1959, no. 6), from a contemporary manuscript, and attributed by him to Robert Johnson.
The same music, rather differently arranged (Cutts 1959, no. 6a).
A piece called ‘Witches’ Dance’. Printed by Cutts (1959, no. 8), who suggests that it may have been written by Robert Johnson for the same production of Macbeth.
Another piece called ‘Witches’ Dance’ (Cutts 1959, no. 8a), the last section of which is nearly the same as that of the previous piece.
An edition of the music used in eighteenth-century productions of Macbeth was published by John Johnston in 1770 – the date was determined by Moore (1961:27n12) – and dedicated by him to David Garrick. The score had been ‘revised & corrected’ for him by William Boyce. The following files are all transcribed from that edition. I have had to set the tempos myself; I have tried to correct a few small mistakes made by Johnston’s engraver; but otherwise I have interfered as little as possible. Mainly I just reproduce the orchestral parts; where the orchestra falls silent I have used some woodwind to sketch in the vocal parts. A songsheet is provided, for anyone who wants to join in.
Music for the extravaganza at the end of Act II.
Music for the extravaganza at the end of Act III.
Music for Act IV, scene 1. Johnston has these four pieces of music for Act IV, but it is doubtful whether any of them were still being used.
This is a songsheet adapted to the published score; it is not a critical edition. There are large variations in the wording of these songs, but I have not yet got round to working them out in detail.