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I loved fair Celia, Z381
composer
1693 or earlier
author of text

Recordings
'Purcell: Secular solo songs, Vol. 1' (CDA66710)
Purcell: Secular solo songs, Vol. 1
Buy by post £13.99 (ARCHIVE SERVICE) CDA66710  Archive Service; also available on CDS44161/3  
'Purcell: The complete secular solo songs' (CDS44161/3)
Purcell: The complete secular solo songs
Buy by post £16.50 CDS44161/3  3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)  
Details
Track 4 on CDA66710 [1'50] Archive Service; also available on CDS44161/3
Track 4 on CDS44161/3 CD1 [1'50] 3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

I loved fair Celia, Z381
I loved fair Celia was printed in Comes Amoris (1694), in Book 2 of Orpheus Britannicus (1702) and its three subsequent reprints. Motteux re-used the melody for We now, my Thyrsis never find which appeared in a setting by Courteville in The Gentleman’s Journal of June 1693. From this we can assume that Purcell wrote the melody in 1693 or before. The associations with Celia are English, rather than classical, and in particular recall Ben Jonson’s three songs To Celia, which were much imitated and include the famous ‘Drink to me only with thine eyes’. Elsewhere, Jonson points out that Celia is an anagram of Alice. Purcell’s setting is delightfully engaging in its charm, and we find that our poet had his eye on Celia for many years ‘Before she showed her art’ (a double entendre which leaves very little open to question, as well as sporting a delicious melisma). He had seen her mature: ‘Her beauty first, her humour next’ and liked each improving stage more than the last. When she finally reciprocated by showing ‘friendship’ to him, her ‘charms’ – set with another lovely melisma – ‘were so entire’ that ‘I could none else admire’.

from notes by Robert King 2003

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Details for CDS44161/3 disc 1 track 4
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-94-71004
Duration
1'50
Recording date
29 March 1994
Recording venue
Orford Church, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Ben Turner
Recording engineer
Philip Hobbs
Hyperion usage
  1. Purcell: Secular solo songs, Vol. 1 (CDA66710)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: March 1994
    Deletion date: February 2010
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44161/3
  2. Purcell: The complete secular solo songs (CDS44161/3)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: November 2003
    3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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