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Ah, how pleasant 'tis to love, Z353

composer
The Banquet of Musick, 1688
author of text

 
Ah, how pleasant ’tis to love is a simple, strophic song which was published in the second book of The Banquet of Musick (1688). The lyrics are almost a precis of John Dryden’s ‘Ah, how sweet it is to love’ from his play Tyrannic Love (1670), itself set to music by Purcell for a 1695 revival of the play. Robert Spencer has pointed out melodic similarities with ‘Fear no danger to ensue’ from Dido and Aeneas which may (or, if we accept theories recently presented, may not) date from the same year. The message of the song is straightforward: it is wonderful to be in love. Some people enjoy good living, or build up great fortunes, but the lover needs only his loved one to supply every pleasure.

from notes by Robert King © 2003

Recordings

English Lute Songs
CDH55249
Purcell: Secular solo songs, Vol. 1
CDA66710Archive Service; also available on CDS44161/3
Purcell: The complete secular solo songs
CDS44161/33CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Details

Track 15 on CDA66710 [1'15] Archive Service; also available on CDS44161/3
Track 15 on CDS44161/3 CD1 [1'15] 3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Track 22 on CDH55249 [0'53]

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