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If grief has any pow'r to kill, Z378

composer
The Theatre of Music II, 1685
author of text

 
This song was published in Playford’s second book of The Theatre of Music in 1685. Purcell’s setting shows a sophisticated musical mind at work: the text is skilfully coloured with a melodic line which covers a wide vocal range. Word-painting is to the fore: ‘doom’ plunges to the lowest extremes of the voice, the continuo and voice chase each other in suspensions at ‘So close he has besieg’d my heart’ and the singer graphically tries to shake off the dart with which he struggles.

from notes by Robert King © 2003

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Purcell: Secular solo songs, Vol. 2
CDA66720Last few CD copies remainingDownload currently discounted
Purcell: The complete secular solo songs
CDS44161/33CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

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Track 9 on CDA66720 [1'37] Last few CD copies remaining
Track 9 on CDS44161/3 CD2 [1'37] 3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

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