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Who but a slave can well express, Z440

composer
early 1683 ?
author of text

 
Who but a slave appears in a manuscript collection in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, that seems to have been copied around 1683/85 and includes four solo songs by Purcell; some of the songs are copied from contemporary published song-books, but others appear to derive from manuscript sources. Among a handful of songs copied from Choice Ayres IV (published in 1683) comes Who but a slave, suggesting that Purcell’s song may have been written around early 1683. The melody of the three strophic verses contains the attractively angular vocal lines that often characterize Purcell’s earlier works.

from notes by Robert King © 2003

Recordings

Purcell: Secular solo songs, Vol. 2
CDA66720Last few CD copies remaining
Purcell: The complete secular solo songs
CDS44161/33CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Details

Track 28 on CDA66720 [2'06] Last few CD copies remaining
Track 28 on CDS44161/3 CD2 [2'06] 3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Track-specific metadata for CDS44161/3 disc 2 track 28

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-94-72028
Duration
2'06
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 28
    Release date: May 1994
    Last few CD copies remaining
  2. Purcell: The complete secular solo songs (CDS44161/3)
    Disc 2 Track 28
    Release date: November 2003
    3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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