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Track(s) taken from CDA66720
Recording details: March 1994
Orford Church, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Ben Turner
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: May 1994
Total duration: 2 minutes 31 seconds

'A treasury of good performances. It could hardly be otherwise with this composer and this roster of singers' (Fanfare, USA)

Hears not my Phillis how the birds 'The Knotting Song', Z371
composer
late 1694, Thesaurus Musicus III, 1695
author of text

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James Bowman (countertenor), The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
Introduction  EnglishFrançais
The text to ‘The Knotting Song’ is by Sir Charles Sedley and was published in The Gentleman’s Journal of August and September 1694. Sedley was a notorious wit and something of a reprobate, and his poem was prefaced by Motteux with: ‘Happy the lover who with all his art can warm one of these cold beauties into pity, principally now the fit of Knotting (to speak in a lover’s phrase) possesses the best part of the finer half of human kind, and leaves them unconcerned for sighs and vows as the fair subject of this song.’

Purcell’s lighthearted setting probably dates from late 1694 and was published in the third book of Thesaurus Musicus (1695). Phillis, the subject of Sedley’s irritated attentions, was clearly an enthusiastic participant in London’s latest craze, knotting fringes.

from notes by Robert King © 2003


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