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What a sad fate is mine, Z428a

composer
author of text

Susan Gritton (soprano), The King's Consort
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 43 seconds
 
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Reviews

'A treasury of good performances. It could hardly be otherwise with this composer and this roster of singers' (Fanfare, USA)
Two versions of What a sad fate is mine exist. The Gresham Manuscript contains the melody only, written in A minor (and probably dates from mid-1693); this version next appeared in the third edition of Orpheus Britannicus (1721). The first edition of Orpheus, however, contained the song in C minor, and it is this setting which is recorded here. Over thirty-one repetitions of a three-bar ground the poet, in a tunefully mournful lament, wonders why everyone else seems to find no trouble in attracting the attentions of his lady-love. To lessen the pain he realizes that either he must love her less, or she must give way and love him more.

from notes by Robert King 2003

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