Good Night, Sweet Ladies

Performed by Ophelia’s reason, and Ophelia’s lunacy
Once again, the lyrics use the tune of ‘Walsingham’. There were many famous settings, such as those by William Byrd, John Bull and Dowland and many other variations. The Walsingham tune was sung with Ophelia’s songs in her madness in Act IV of Shakespeare’s play, and therefore, in this piece, we have created opposing harmonies for the two sides of Ophelia fighting with each other: reason and lunacy. We wish to suggest that sanity is taken over by insanity towards the end of the song.