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Post by sadclown » July 14th, 2009, 12:09 pm

The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

This project is now complete! All audio files can be found on our catalog page: http://librivox.org/the-taming-of-the-shrew-by-william-shakespeare/
The Taming of the Shrew is one of Shakespeare's earliest comedies, and was inspired by classical Roman comedy and the Italian commedia dell'arte. Baptista Minola, a rich gentleman of Padua, has two daughters: Katherina, renowned for her sharp tongue, and Bianca, who is sought after by multiple suitors. Baptista decides that Bianca cannot marry until her elder sister finds a husband. Enter Petruchio, who has come to "wive it wealthily in Padua," and who is convinced by Bianca's suitors to woo Katherina. The play ultimately poses the question of who is the bigger shrew: Kate or Petruchio. The subplot involves the subterfuge employed by Lucentio to woo the lovely Bianca. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett)

  1. Is there a deadline?

    Target completion date of this project: 7/31/2010 – but try to send your recordings as soon as you can. If you cannot do your section, for whatever reason, just let me know and it’ll go back to the pool. There’s no shame in this; we’re all volunteers and things happen.

    "To be fair to the readers who have completed their sections in a timely way, all unrecorded sections that were claimed more than 2 months ago will be orphaned on November 7th unless the claimants post in this thread before then to reclaim the section."
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    To find a role to record, simply look at point 5. below at the sections. All the ones without names beside them are “up for grabs.” Click "Post reply" at the top left of the screen and tell us which role you’d like to read. Read points 6. to 8. below for what to do before, during and after your recording.
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  4. Where do I find the text? Source text (please only read from this text!): http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/1508
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  6. BEFORE recording: Please check the Recording Notes: http://librivox.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=6427#6430

    Please pronounce "Petruchio" as Peh-True-Chee-O

    Set your recording software to: mp3

    Channels: 1 (Mono)

    Bit Rate: 128 kbps

    Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz

    Submit one file per act.
  7. Make sure you add this to the beginning of your recording:

    [Role], read by [your name].

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    At the beginning: Act [#] of The Taming of the Shrew, by William Shakespeare. This is a Librivox recording. All Librivox recordings are in the public domain. For more information, or to volunteer, please visit Librivox dot org.

    At the end: End of Act [#]. At the end of the play, add End of The Taming of the Shrew, by William Shakespeare.

    Please remember to check this thread frequently for updates!
  8. AFTER recording:

    Save files as 128 kbps MP3 tamingoftheshrew_[role]_[#].mp3 (all lower-case), where # is the act number.

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Post by sadclown » July 14th, 2009, 12:11 pm

I'm claiming Bianca! (finally a female role in a Drama :) )
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Post by neerajanagarajan » July 14th, 2009, 12:20 pm

Can I take up two roles - if yes, the Hostess and the Widow. If no, one of the two :D

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Post by sadclown » July 14th, 2009, 12:59 pm

neerajanagarajan wrote:Can I take up two roles - if yes, the Hostess and the Widow. If no, one of the two :D
Sure, as long as you can make them sound different!
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Post by KiltedDragon » July 14th, 2009, 4:34 pm

sadclown wrote:
neerajanagarajan wrote:Can I take up two roles - if yes, the Hostess and the Widow. If no, one of the two :D
Sure, as long as you can make them sound different!
The Change Pitch tool in Audacity is wonderfully useful for this. :D
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Post by EHB » July 14th, 2009, 5:13 pm

Might I venture to suggest some modifications to the Wikipedia summary? For instance, how about this:
The Taming of the Shrew is an early comedy by William Shakespeare believed to have been written between 1590 and 1594. The play begins with an Induction in which a drunken tinker named Sly is tricked into thinking he is a nobleman by a mischievous Lord.

The Lord has a play performed for Sly's amusement with a primary and sub-plot. The main plot depicts the courting of Petruchio, a gentleman of Verona, and Katherina, the headstrong, obdurate, and eponymous shrew. Initially, Katherina is an unwilling participant in the relationship but Petruchio tempers her with various psychological torments - the "taming" - until she is an obedient bride. The sub-plot features a competition between the suitors of Katherina's less intractable sister, Bianca.

The play has been adapted numerous times for stage, screen, opera, and musical theatre; the most famous adaptation being Cole Porter's Kiss Me Kate. (Summary adapted from Wikipedia)
I've made the following four alterations:

1. In the opening para, I've removed the reference to footnote [1], since the footnote itself isn't given.

2. I've also removed Wikipedia's statement that the Induction is "a framing device." That's true of some other texts of this work (in which Sly returns at the end of the play). But in the text to be recorded by LV, the Sly material in[tro]duces the play but doesn't "frame" it.

3. I've deleted Wikipedia's final para, which I think has a rather oldfashioned look nowadays (the relationship between The Shrew and A Shrew has been immensely clarified by recent research, though I daresay some details remain in doubt). In any case, the subject isn't directly relevant to a LV recording of The Shrew.

4. I've deleted Wikipedia's statements about "The play's misogynistic elements." Politically provocative remarks of that kind may have a place in a Wikipedia summary, but I'm not sure that they're wanted in a LV summary. I might add that I personally find those particular Wikipedia statements tendentious and potentially inaccurate, for two reasons: (a) Even if a character in a play utters misogynistic sentiments, that does not necessarily make the play itsellf misogynistic. (b) In any case, where the Shrew is concerned, I'm not sure that the characters' sentiments are misogynistic, in the true sense of that word. An assertion that (e.g.) wives should be submissive to their husbands is highly offensive to most people nowadays, but that does not make it "misogynistic" (just as an assertion that children should be submissive to their parents is not "misopedic").

In saying all this, I'm not trying to defend or excuse the play in toto (few people nowadays, I imagine, would do that). I'm simply trying to avoid politically provocative issues which would do nothing to enrich most listeners' enjoyment of an audio recording.

Apart from the above four points I've left the summary unaltered. I haven't modified Wikipedia's syntax and vocabulary, even where they look strange ("the headstrong, obdurate, and eponymous shrew"; "Petruchio tempers her"). (I must confess that I don't think we're seeing Wikipedia quite at its best in this particular article!)

This is just a suggestion. Even mentioning the four points inevitably gives the impression that I think them more important than I really do. Others may well prefer to adopt the Wikipedia summary without modification. If so, that's fine with me.
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Post by BellonaTimes » July 14th, 2009, 8:18 pm

Man, Petruchio has some great lines I'd love to read,
Signior Hortensio, 'twixt such friends as we
Few words suffice; and therefore, if thou know 615
One rich enough to be Petruchio's wife,
As wealth is burden of my wooing dance,
Be she as foul as was Florentius' love,
As old as Sibyl, and as curst and shrewd
As Socrates' Xanthippe or a worse- 620
She moves me not, or not removes, at least,
Affection's edge in me, were she as rough
As are the swelling Adriatic seas.
I come to wive it wealthily in Padua;
If wealthily, then happily in Padua.


but shouldn't we go traditional and have an Englishman read them? (preferably Jude Law) 8-)
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Post by sadclown » July 14th, 2009, 8:29 pm

BellonaTimes wrote:Man, Petruchio has some great lines I'd love to read,
Signior Hortensio, 'twixt such friends as we
Few words suffice; and therefore, if thou know 615
One rich enough to be Petruchio's wife,
As wealth is burden of my wooing dance,
Be she as foul as was Florentius' love,
As old as Sibyl, and as curst and shrewd
As Socrates' Xanthippe or a worse- 620
She moves me not, or not removes, at least,
Affection's edge in me, were she as rough
As are the swelling Adriatic seas.
I come to wive it wealthily in Padua;
If wealthily, then happily in Padua.


but shouldn't we go traditional and have an Englishman read them? (preferably Jude Law) 8-)
Well, I'll check with Jude, but if he's not available, then you're welcome to read the part! :)
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Post by kristin » July 14th, 2009, 10:04 pm

I can't help myself. Though I know I've already read a number of great Shakespeare parts, so if someone wants it really bad let me know.

But until then, I'd like Katherina.
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Post by sadclown » July 15th, 2009, 5:26 am

kristin wrote:I can't help myself. Though I know I've already read a number of great Shakespeare parts, so if someone wants it really bad let me know.

But until then, I'd like Katherina.
Great, thanks!
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Post by icyjumbo » July 15th, 2009, 12:07 pm

Jennifer, as you've guessed, this will probably be a complicated project. It will be my first dramatic project, so I'm looking forward to learning something. I'll be back soon with your MW.

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Post by Jc » July 15th, 2009, 12:11 pm

do you have a MC yet?
If not, I can take your project!
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Post by icyjumbo » July 15th, 2009, 12:23 pm

Sorry Jc, it looks as though we cross-posted.

As a consolation, would you like to read a part?

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Post by icyjumbo » July 15th, 2009, 12:25 pm

Magic Window set up now.

I'll leave the project here in the launch pad for a day or so to see whether we can pick up a DPL, but I'll move it to its proper home tomorrow come what may.

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Post by BellonaTimes » July 15th, 2009, 7:42 pm

sadclown wrote:
BellonaTimes wrote:Man, Petruchio has some great lines I'd love to read, but shouldn't we go traditional and have an Englishman read them? (preferably Jude Law) 8-)
Well, I'll check with Jude, but if he's not available, then you're welcome to read the part! :)
I'm gonna go for it. I can just hear the slapped foreheads of a dozen UK readers, but...
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