We’re proud to announce that we’re beginning to make available recordings of newly set Arcadia songs in connection with Sir Philip Sidney’s Arcadia: A Restoration in Contemporary English of the Complete 1593 Edition of The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia (The Parlor Press 2017). Edward Plough (SUNY Farmingdale) is composing and performing the new settings, and and Kevin Carney is producing them. Here’s a taste of what’s coming: in the middle of Book Two, the lovesick and sexually confused Princess Philoclea sings her lament “Over these brooks” (Parlor Press edition p. 214).
Restoring Sidney’s Arcadia has now completed transcribing all 210 images of the Cambridge Manuscript — the only extant manuscript of the New Arcadia. We’re now busy vetting the transcriptions and hope to make a complete semi-diplomatic transcript freely available before June 1, 2018. This will the first time a transcription of the Cambridge MS has ever been made available publicly, and, as far as I know, it’s in fact the only complete transcription of the Cambridge MS.
We’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to this achievement: Early Modern Manuscripts Online, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Woodbery Carlton Foundation, Clare Carroll and Mark Caball, Owen Williams, Heather Wolfe, Mike Poston, Paul Dingman, Charles S Ross, Jean Brink, Henry Woudhuysen, Arthur Kinney, Mary Ellen Lamb, Margaret Hannay, Aileen Liu, Beth Quitslund, Bryan Nakawaki, Lynn Walsh, Ingrid Pierce, Katie Howell, Olivia Nammack, Anika Reichwald, and Hannah Thurston.