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What a sad fate is mine, Z428a

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Two versions of What a sad fate is mine exist. The Gresham Manuscript contains the melody only, written in A minor (and probably dates from mid-1693); this version next appeared in the third edition of Orpheus Britannicus (1721). The first edition of Orpheus, however, contained the song in C minor, and it is this setting which is recorded here. Over thirty-one repetitions of a three-bar ground the poet, in a tunefully mournful lament, wonders why everyone else seems to find no trouble in attracting the attentions of his lady-love. To lessen the pain he realizes that either he must love her less, or she must give way and love him more.

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)

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Track 18 on CDA66720 [2'43] Last few CD copies remaining
Track 18 on CDS44161/3 CD2 [2'43] 3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Track-specific metadata for CDA66720 track 18

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ISRC
GB-AJY-94-72018
Duration
2'43
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 18
    Release date: May 1994
    Last few CD copies remaining
  2. Purcell: The complete secular solo songs (CDS44161/3)
    Disc 2 Track 18
    Release date: November 2003
    3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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