Sigh no more, ladies (Richard John Samuel Stevens)

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  • (Posted 2021-10-04)  CPDL #66057:  Network.png
Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2021-10-04).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 340 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download. Original versions (Mens' and mixed voices, slightly different)
  • (Posted 2015-02-20)  CPDL #34622:        (Sibelius 7)
Editor: Alan Pickering (submitted 2015-02-20).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 50 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Version for solo voice and keyboard

General Information

Title: Sigh no more, ladies
Composer: Richard John Samuel Stevens
Lyricist: William Shakespeare

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicings: SSATB, ATTTB or S
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1788
Description: Stevens originally composed this glee for men's voices. At the request of one Miss Thurlows, he subsequently adapted it for a mixed choir, by transposing it up a fifth and revising some of the dispositions. When the latter version was published it was reviewed in The Analytical Review in the following terms: "The harmony of this composition is so good as to exhibit the perfect theorist; also in its melody it displays a tolerable imagination; and is calculated to please both the learned and unlearned hearer". The solo version is of unknown provenance but is probably a posthumous redraft.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Sigh no more, ladies.