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Farewell, ye rocks, ye seas and sands, Z463

composer
A Third Collection of New Songs, 1685
author of text

 
Purcell’s setting of Tom D’Urfey’s poem (subtitled ‘The Storm’) was published in 1685 in A Third Collection of New Songs. A sailor compares the sea with all its perils to love: calms are like ‘Cynthia’s smiles’ and gusts of wind like her frowns. This sailor has had enough of the sea and wishes to see more of ‘God’s miracles at land’. The verses of Purcell’s song are tuneful and imaginatively harmonized (with, in the first verse, a nicely ambiguous chord under ‘love’): the refrains are in the strumming, bawdy tavern style with which the composer may have been acquainted!

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 17 on CDA66720 [3'14] Last few CD copies remaining
Track 17 on CDS44161/3 CD2 [3'14] 3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Track-specific metadata for CDA66720 track 17

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-94-72017
Duration
3'14
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 17
    Release date: May 1994
    Last few CD copies remaining
  2. Purcell: The complete secular solo songs (CDS44161/3)
    Disc 2 Track 17
    Release date: November 2003
    3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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