Black Bile

Performed by Hamlet
By the time we arrive at considering the second act of the play, we are dealing both with characters from the older generation and younger characters. Hamlet is spied on by Rosencranz and Guildenstern, his old school fellows, pitted against Hamlet by Claudius. Meanwhile Polonius attempts to gain further information about Laertes, and Fortinbras, the young king of Norway and foil to Hamlet appears. We have attempted to embrace the mood of youthfulness, but also the mistrust in the castle of Elsinore; it introduces Hamlet’s inner conflicts, as his soliloquies do in Shakespeare’s spoken play. The title of the song refers to the Elizabethan theory of melancholy. Hamlet represents himself as a melancholic and perplexed young man who is talkative and playing with language. By giving lyrics certain tempos and making them sound faster, we wish to represent these qualities of his, and the Japanese language is used to present his personal thoughts.