KS2 Music: Shakespeare on Trial! - Song 5: 'Blood and Guts and Gore'
Notes for ‘Blood and Guts and Gore’
Another song in mock-Tudoresque style (a bit like ‘Greensleeves’ or ‘Packington’s Pound’) with a fun contrast between ‘sweetness’ of voice...and the gory subject matter! Especially in the choruses, which are to be sung ‘with jolly glee’.
The verses mainly use downward motion, with a slightly sad, ‘modal’ quality, whereas the choruses are generally bright, light and bouncy, with most phrases rising upwards. This contrast was typical of a lot of Elizabethan music.
To exaggerate the theatrical effect, some of the bloodthirsty words can be over-enunciated, with syllables split up - eg ‘ni-ice’ in Verse 1, ‘murder’ in Verse 2, ‘Three’ in Verse 3.
As with ‘Going to the Play’, the backing arrangement features sever-al Tudor instruments from the ‘stage-band’ (recorders, shawm, crumhorn, lute, harp, tabor-drum, tambourine, etc), which you can copy with modern equivalents (recorders, clarinet, ukuleles / guitar, etc).
From your percussionists, tambourine-shakes are great for adding ‘colour’ to some of the blood-thirstier moments and to bring in the chorus - eg at ‘blood that flows...’ in bar 14).
The introductions can be a good moment to feature musical instru-ments visually - eg ‘arpeggios’ or gently-strummed broken-chords from ukuleles and guitar, using chords Dm C Bb Am). Even if not played ‘for real’ a mockband can mime actions for playing lute, recorders and tambourine theatrically.
After Verse 3, there is a double chorus: everyone needs to be ready to jump in quickly second time around, then a 2-bar rest before repeating the final line.