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When Strephon found his passion vain, Z435

composer
Choice Ayres and Songs IV, 1683
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This song was first published in the fourth book of Choice Ayres and Songs in 1683. Although words were not given separately in the bass part, Purcell’s repeated notes and matching rhythms in the accompaniment suggest that a bass singer might have joined the soprano. In a strophic song Strephon, a stock pastoral figure, complains to Coelia that she is resisting all his advances, even when he takes the radical step (we may hope only symbolically) of trying to attract at least her pity by drawing his own blood.

from notes by Robert King © 2003

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Purcell: Secular solo songs, Vol. 3
CDA66730Last 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 26 on CDA66730 [1'07] Last few CD copies remaining
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