Sixteenth-Century Studies


Theatre Music


Cutts, John P., ‘The Second Coventry Carol and a Note on The Maydes Metamorphosis’, Renaissance News, 10 (1957), 3–8 (jstor)

Dutka, JoAnna, ‘Music and the English Mystery Plays’, Comparative Drama, 7 (1973), 135–49 (jstor)

Grantley, Darryll, English Dramatic Interludes, 1300–1580: A Reference Guide (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004) (library)

Happé, Peter (ed.), English Mystery Plays: A Selection (Baltimore: Penguin, 1975) (library)

Sanders, Norman et al (eds), The Revels History of Drama in English: Volume II, 1500–1576 (London and New York: Methuen, 1980) (library)

Stevens, John, Music and Poetry in the Early Tudor Court (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1979) (library)

Wickham, Glynn, Early English Stages 1300 to 1600: Vol. 1, (London: Routledge, 1972) (library)


Austern, Linda Phyllis, Music in English Children’s Drama of the Later Renaissance (Pennsylvania: Gordon and Breach science Publishers, 1992)

————, ‘Musical Parody in the Jacobean City Comedy’, Music & Letters, 66 (1985), 355–66 (jstor)

————, ‘Thomas Ravenscroft: Musical Chronicler of an Elizabethan Theater Company’, Journal of the American Musicological Society, 38 (1985), 238–63 (jstor)

Chan, Mary, Music in the Theatre of Ben Jonson (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1980) (library)

Gair, Reavley, The Children of Paul’s: The Story of a Theatre Company, 1553–1608 (Cambridge, London, New Rochelle, Melbourne and Sydney: Cambridge University Press, 1982) (library)

Gurr, Andrew, The Shakespearian Playing Companies (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996) (library)

King, Ros, The Works of Richard Edwards: Politics, Poetry and Performance in Sixteenth-Century England (Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 2001) (library)

Sabol, Andrew, ‘Two Songs With Accompaniment for an Elizabethan Choirboy Play’, Studies in the Renaissance, 5 (1958), 145–59 (jstor)

————, ‘Two Unpublished Stage Songs for The “Aery of Children”’, Renaissance News, 13 (1960), 222–32 (jstor)

Shapiro, Michael, Children of the Revels: The Boy Companies of Shakespeare’s Time and their Plays (New York: Columbia University Press, 1977) (library)


Barclay, Bill, and David Lindley (eds), Shakespeare, Music and Performance (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017) (library)

Duffin, Ross W., Shakespeare’s Songbook (New York and London: W. W. Norton & Company Inc., 2004) (library)

————, ‘Music and the Stage in the Time of Shakespeare’ in The Oxford Handbook of the Age of Shakespeare, ed. R. Malcolm Smuts (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2016), 748–63 (library)

Gillespie, Stuart, and Neil Rhodes (eds), Shakespeare and Elizabethan Popular Culture (London: Arden Shakespeare, 2006) (library)

Lindley, David, Shakespeare and Music (London and New York: Bloomsbury, 2006) (library)

Seng, Peter, The Vocal Songs in the Plays of Shakespeare (Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1967) (library)

Sternfeld, F. W., Music in Shakespearean Tragedy (New York: Dover Publications, 1967) (library)


Of Pilcrows

Before Shakespeare

Lost Plays Database

The First Folio

Open-Source Shakespeare


1. With particular reference to the influence of commercial choirboy companies, discuss the developing use of song in English drama between 1500 and 1613.

2. From a musicological point of view, discuss the practicality of dividing Shakespeare’s songs into the two categories ‘popular song’ and ‘formal or art song’ (Lindley, Shakespeare and Music, 141).