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When my Aemelia smiles, Z434
composer
first printed in 1699
author of text

Recordings
'Purcell: Secular solo songs, Vol. 2' (CDA66720)
Purcell: Secular solo songs, Vol. 2
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'Purcell: The complete secular solo songs' (CDS44161/3)
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Track 16 on CDA66720 [2'08] Last few CD copies remaining
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When my Aemelia smiles, Z434
When my Aemelia smiles was first printed in late 1699 by Henry Playford in his ‘Monthly collection of new teaching songs Mercurius musicus’. There it was headed ‘Song set by the late Mr H. Purcell; never before publish’d’. A year later it was published by Thomas Cross as ‘A Song set by the late Mr Henry Purcell’ and in 1704 it was included in the second edition of Orpheus Britannicus. From the style of writing it is probable that Purcell wrote the song during the 1690s. All three sources title the lady ‘Acmelia’, which is presumably a misprint for ‘Aemelia’. Purcell’s setting is marvellously tuneful, providing important words such as ‘smile’, ‘smooth’ and ‘slide’ with delightful melismas. Contemporary audiences could hardly fail to notice the rash of unsubtle doubles entendres.

from notes by Robert King 2003

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Details for CDA66720 track 16
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-94-72016
Duration
2'08
Recording date
23 March 1994
Recording venue
Orford Church, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Ben Turner
Recording engineer
Philip Hobbs
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  1. Purcell: Secular solo songs, Vol. 2 (CDA66720)
    Disc 1 Track 16
    Release date: May 1994
    Last few CD copies remaining
  2. Purcell: The complete secular solo songs (CDS44161/3)
    Disc 2 Track 16
    Release date: November 2003
    3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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