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If music be the food of love, Z379b
Purcell made three settings of Colonel Henry Heveningham’s ‘If music be the food of love’. The first version was published in June 1692 in The Gentleman’s Journal, and reproduced the next year, somewhat altered, in Heptinstall’s Comes Amoris. The third version, published in 1693 was completely different. This second setting, a tone lower than the first, contains less of the breathless excitement, substituting instead a more flowing version of Purcell’s ravishing melody. Nonetheless, the repeated, rising request ‘sing on’ pre-echoes the (slightly risqué) list of qualities – ‘Your eyes, your mien [bearing], your tongue’ – that declare ‘That you are music ev’rywhere’. The longest melisma is reserved for the word ‘music’.

from notes by Robert King 2003

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Details for CDA66720 track 26
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-94-72026
Duration
1'58
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 26
    Release date: May 1994
    Last few CD copies remaining
  2. Purcell: The complete secular solo songs (CDS44161/3)
    Disc 2 Track 26
    Release date: November 2003
    3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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