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Shakespeare is Dug by the Craziest of Cats

Synopsis
Extract from a CBC radio broadcast. Duke Ellington had just completed his Shakespearean jazz suite Such Sweet Thunder which was commissioned by the Stratford (Ontario) Shakespeare Festival. The suite includes the waltz ‘Lady Mac’, which tells the story of Lady MacBeth’s ragtime soul. The album also includes ‘Sonnet For Caesar’, ‘Sonnet for Sister Kate’, ‘Sonnet In Search Of A Moor’, and ‘Star-Crossed Lovers’. In this extract, recorded in New York City, Harry Rasky from CBC Radio talks to Ellington about his new album. Ellington speaks about how the music came into being, how he composes, and the hazards of merging Shakespeare and jazz.
Language
English
Country
Canada
Medium
Multimedia; Radio
Notes
The interview can be listened to online at http://archives.cbc.ca/IDC-1-68-249-1274/arts_entertainment/stratford_festival/
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
jazz; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)
Related items
Such Sweet Thunder

Credits

Contributor
Duke Ellington

Production Company

Name

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Archive

Name

CBC Archives

Web
http://archives.cbc.ca/index.asp?IDLan=1 External site opens in new window
Phone
1-866-306 4636
Address
Box 500
Station A
Toronto
Canada
MSW 1E6
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