9. Godiva Muses
The lady wrestles with her conscience and seeks to find ways to persuade her tyrannical husband to repeal the heavy taxes that are causing widespread poverty. Admire her tenacity and cunning as she formulates a solution no-one anticipated.
Performance options: This could be sung by a soloist or small group of singers, or even our teachers! KS2/KS3
Explore ways to show the passion of this Anglo-Saxon noblewoman in this haunting song, for example by experimenting with dynamics and crescendos.
Slow 9/8 reflective lament: the quavers in the rhythm are set out in three groups of 3.
This song needs to be sung sweetly and with passion.
Phrasing and use of dynamics is particularly important to the performance of this piece.
Listen to the solo violin in the final performance!
♫ Research protest songs from Beethoven to Bob Dylan and beyond: https://www.popmatters.com/100-great-protest-songs-1-2571770215.html
💡 If Lady Godiva were alive today we would describe her as having a ‘social conscience’ and a desire to relieve suffering. Who do you know/admire from recent history for their commitment to easing human suffering?