||The song cycle of the Seven Elizabethan Lyrics (1907) was written by Roger Quilter (1877-1953), who was an important English composer and wrote a small and exquisite artistic songs in the Twentieth Century. The cycle contains seven songs: “Weep you no More,” “My Life’s Delight,” “Damask Roses,” “The Faithless Shepherdess,” “Brown is my Love,” “By a Fountainside,” and “Fair House of Joy”. The purpose of the study is to examine the musical continuity of the songs in the cycle. The research focuses on motivic usage within each songs. |
The selection of poems in the cycle concentrate on the various aspects of love including love of pity, of joy, of doubt, of abandonment, of support, and of dilemma, which were taken from poems by the works of the several poets in the Elizabethan era. In order to achieve the musical continuity, there are five distinctive motives are employed in the whole cycle, in which they take turns in one or another songs within the cycle. Roger Quilter, indeed, initiated a new turning point for English art songs and became a modal composer for the next generation.