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Steptoe  Roger 4  Shakespeare  Sonnets  V103

Roger Steptoe
4 Shakespeare Sonnets

for baritone and string orchestra

  • Text/Lyrics: William Shakespeare
  • Level: intermediate
  • Duration: 16'
  • Genre: contemporary
  • Composed: 2013

Reference: V103b
Orchestra score


  • Publisher: Editions Bim
  • Movements:
    • 1. Sonnet 147 : My love is as a fever
    • 2. Sonnet 148 : O me! What eyes hath love put in my head
    • 3. Sonnet 12 : When I do count the clock that tells the time
    • 4. Sonnet 113 : Since I left you, mine eye is in my mind


Roger Steptoe

Roger Steptoe (*1953)

Roger Steptoe (born 1953) is acknowledged to be one of the most respected British musicians of his generation. A composer of international renown his impressive catalogue of works includes chamber ... Read more

About 4 Shakespeare Sonnets

The Work

Four Shakespeare Sonnets for baritone and string orchestra (or piano) have been composed to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare in year 2014.

These four Sonnets have been chosen for their unified theme of love – the anguish and cruelties, the charms, lust, immortality and sheer joy. Various themes and harmonic sequences appear and reappear uniting the four testaments of love in their many guises. The fourth Sonnet is of utmost importance structurally with its lush and sensual harmonies and heavily divided strings.