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Through mournful shades and solitary groves, Z424

composer
Choice Ayres and Songs V, 1684
author of text

 
The poet of this song is probably Richard Duke; although he was not named as the author in Playford and Carr’s fifth book of Choice Ayres and Songs of 1684, nor in the first publication of the literary text in 1693 (a collection edited by Dryden), an anthology dated 1717 places this poem among his works. The three verses recount the sad story of Thirsis and his unrequited love for Amira who has been drawn away by ‘Riches and titles’. Purcell’s setting is delicious in its simplicity, nonetheless containing characteristically adventurous harmonic and melodic language in its three strophic verses.

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 25 on CDA66720 [3'21] Last few CD copies remaining
Track 25 on CDS44161/3 CD2 [3'21] 3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Track-specific metadata for CDS44161/3 disc 2 track 25

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-94-72025
Duration
3'21
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 25
    Release date: May 1994
    Last few CD copies remaining
  2. Purcell: The complete secular solo songs (CDS44161/3)
    Disc 2 Track 25
    Release date: November 2003
    3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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