Skip to main content

Songs

Oxford Lieder Festival Live Online

Songs

They bore him bare-faced on the bier (2012)


Part of a series or song cycle:

Ophelia Sings


They bore him bare-faced on the bier

They bore him barefaced on the bier;
Hey non nonny, nonny, hey nonny;
And in his grave rain'd many a tear:--
Fare you well, my dove!
You must sing a-down a-down,
An you call him a-down-a.
O, how the wheel becomes it!
It is the false steward,
that stole his master's daughter.
For bonny sweet Robin is all my joy.
And will he not come again?
And will he not come again?
No, no, he is dead:
Go to thy death-bed:
He never will come again.
His beard was as white as snow,
All flaxen was his poll:
He is gone, he is gone,
And we cast away moan:
God ha' mercy on his soul!
And of all Christian souls,
I pray God.
God be wi' ye.
From Hamlet, Act IV, Scene 5

If you would like to use our texts and translations, please click here for more information.

Composer

Wolfgang Rihm is a German composer. Rihm is musical director of the Institute of New Music and Media at the University of Music Karlsruhe and has been composer in residence at the Lucerne Festival and the Salzburg Festival.


See Full Entry

Poet

William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet, and the "Bard of Avon". His extant works, including collaborations, consist of approximately 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, some of uncertain authorship. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

Shakespeare was born and brought up in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. At the age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway, with whom he had three children: Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith. Sometime between 1585 and 1592, he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part-owner of a playing company called the Lord Chamberlain's Men, later known as the King's Men. He appears to have retired to Stratford around 1613, at age 49, where he died three years later. Few records of Shakespeare's private life survive, which has stimulated considerable speculation about such matters as his physical appearance, sexuality, and religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were written by others.

Taken from Wikipedia. To view the full article, please click here.


See Full Entry

Sorry, no further description available.

Oxford Lieder Live Online

The Oxford Lieder Festival goes LIVE ONLINE, 10-17 October 2020. Enjoy the world's greatest singers at home, across 40 events live-streamed from iconic Oxford venues.

Book Now

Mailing List