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She that would gain a faithful lover, Z414

composer
Deliciae Musicae, 1695
author of text

 
She that would gain a faithful lover appeared in print in 1695 in Henry Playford’s Deliciae Musicae. The author was discreetly named as ‘Lady E… M…’ whose advice in the first verse to women wishing to gain their ‘faithful lover’ was to keep men uncertain and guessing for, once a lady’s commitment was announced, in all likelihood the man’s attention would wander. The second verse is more specifically aimed at Aurelia, who is advised to use the same technique, the advice illustrated with the observation that men will ‘with trembling view the blaze’ of a comet, but ignore the sun as being a commonplace. Purcell’s charming setting incorporates that sense of sly feminine charm with a series of gestural, notated ornaments and a splendid melisma for the words ‘fly’ and ‘wonder’.

from notes by Robert King © 2003

Recordings

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)

Details

Track 10 on CDA66720 [2'23] Last few CD copies remaining
Track 10 on CDS44161/3 CD2 [2'23] 3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Track-specific metadata for CDA66720 track 10

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-94-72010
Duration
2'23
Recording date
23 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. 2 (CDA66720)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: May 1994
    Last few CD copies remaining
  2. Purcell: The complete secular solo songs (CDS44161/3)
    Disc 2 Track 10
    Release date: November 2003
    3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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