The word ‘mask’ is related to a masque or masquerade, which was a courtly performance popular during the Renaissance and the seventeenth century.
Arriving at the end of the masque, Caliban and his fellows effectively invert the form of the Jonsonian masque and with it Prospero's ability to control the terms of the marriage.
The masque was performed at Magdalen College in 1930.
While all-sung opera has always been the norm in Italy, the strong British tradition of spoken drama favoured the masque , and spoken drama with music remained the pattern for dramatic works in English.
And here the concept of the masque comes into play one final time.
Productions of The Tempest tend to fall into easily classifiable groups: colonial myth, spectacular masque or theatrical metaphor.
It is very pleasing for me to find his imaginative qualities again set out, this time in a masque in five scenes for chorus and orchestra.
If my own enthusiasm was kept within bounds, it was partly because Noble treats this wonderful, neglected play as if it were a spectacular masque or Jacobean musical.
But masque requires mystery as its necessary condition of knowledge.
The masque I performed in was but one of the day, and the many fast country dances did not cease until late at night.