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Celia's fond, too long I've lov'd her, Z364

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The Gentleman's Journal, July 1694
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The monthly issues of The Gentleman’s Journal in 1694 presented a series of songs by Purcell. In the July issue came ‘A song set by Mr Purcell, the words fitted to the Tune by Mr M[otteux]’. From this we can presume that the text was not the original one, which would explain some slightly un-Purcellian word-setting. However, no other version of the tune or song survives. Purcell’s melody is florid and Italianate, with much imitation between voice and continuo, and contains a series of ornate vocal melismas. The author realizes that the love between himself and Celia is less exciting now than it was when he was trying to woo her and she was shunning his advances.

from notes by Robert King © 2003

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

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Track 14 on CDA66720 [1'42] Last few CD copies remaining
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