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1. The songs from Sting's 2006 album "Songs from the Labyrinth" are pieces composed primarily by an English Renaissance musician, an individual Sting refers to as "perhaps the first example of an archetype with which we have become familiar, that of the alienated singer-songwriter . . . ".
Who was this English composer who lived from 1563 to 1626 and traveled the European mainland after being rejected for a position as a musician at the court of Queen Elizabeth I? (Half of his surname's often coupled with a US "Jones".)
2. In one of the tunes from Sting's "Songs from the Labyrinth" album, the singer mourns the absence of his lover and longs "To see, to hear, to touch, to kiss, to die / With thee again in sweetest sympathy". The first of these two lines builds in intensity until it ends with "to die", an appropriate moment of climax since "to die with someone" was an expression that once meant to achieve orgasm.
From Sting's 2006 album, what is this song's title, which is both a literal request for his lover to return and a "double entendre"?
3. Only two musicians are credited with playing instruments on Sting's 2006 album "Songs from the Labyrinth". The man credited with playing the lute is an individual Sting had met very briefly many years before their collaboration. During that meeting, Sting managed to insult the man by asking him and his band to play at a private birthday party.
Who is this individual, originally from Bosnia, who is considered one of Europe's foremost lutenists? (Dostoyevsky might know his brothers.)
4. One of the songs from Sting's 2006 album is sung by a street vendor hawking his cheap jewelry, accessories, and trifles as gifts for women. While he knows what he has to offer is not valuable, he attempts to argue that that which has true value is that which is given from the heart. As he wisely observes, "Though all my wares be trash, the heart is true".
What is the name of this street hawker's song from Sting's "Songs from the Labyrinth" album?
5. Some of the songs on Sting's 2006 "Songs from the Labyrinth" album are instrumental pieces. One of these songs has two different titles. One title is "The Battle Galliard" while the other title mentions the name of the royal individual to whom the composer dedicated the song in an attempt at achieving patronage.
Who was this powerful King of Denmark, who reigned from 1588 to 1648 and whose rather holy sounding name appears in the alternative title of the song?
6. On his 2006 album "Songs from the Labyrinth", Sting sings, of course, and even provides self-backing harmonies through overdubbing multiple recordings of his voice. In addition to performing the vocals, he is one of only two musicians who play an instrument on the album.
While most of Sting's fans are accustomed to hearing him play the bass, what uncommonly heard instrument does Sting play on the "Songs from the Labyrinth" album instead?
7. Considered by most scholars and admirers to be its composer's most famous ayre (a piece meant for only one voice), this melancholy song also became its composer's signature piece. It ends on a most depressing note with the following verse: "Hark, you shadows, that in darkness dwell, / Learn to contemn light, / Happy, happy they that in hell / Feel not the world's despite".
What is the title of this song on Sting's 2006 album "Songs from the Labyrinth", a song that originally was meant to be an instrumental piece with the title "Lachrimae" (a word tremendously suggestive of its later title)?
8. Appropriately located at various points between some of the musical pieces appearing on Sting's "Songs from the Labyrinth" album are brief readings from a letter written by the composer of most of those songs.
On Sting's "Songs from the Labyrinth" album from 2006, whose voice do we hear reading these passages from a Renaissance musician's letter dated 1595?
9. The music of "Have You Seen the Bright Lily Grow", one of the songs from Sting's 2006 album "Songs from the Labyrinth", was composed by Robert Johnson, the son of John Johnson who was at one point a musician serving the court of Queen Elizabeth I.
While Johnson wrote the music, which English writer of such poems as "To Celia" and "On My First Sonne" as well as such plays as "Volpone" and "The Alchemist" wrote the lyrics to "Have You Seen the Bright Lily Grow"?
10. One of the songs on Sting's 2006 album ends with the following lyrics: "Thus wedded to my woes / And bedded to my tomb, / O let me living die, / Till death do come". Sting remarks in the booklet accompanying the album that song, taken as a whole, is a work of art "reminding us that while there may be tragedy in life, life itself is not tragic".
What is the name of this dark seventeenth-century song within which Sting finds a light at the end of the maze on his 2006 album "Songs from the Labyrinth"?
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