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The Pleasures of Spring Gardens, Vauxhall

First line:
Flora, goddess sweetly blooming
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The song Spring Gardens (Rural Beauty or Vaux-Hal Garden) is written by Dr William Boyce (baptized 1711-1779), a British organist and composer of trio sonatas, concerti grossi, odes and operas as well as songs for the gardens.

The text by John Lockman is every bit as diverting as the music itself. His lyrics for Vauxhall songs, set to music by Boyce and Handel, could never be considered great poetry, but were apparently enjoyed by the Vauxhall audiences. Lockman’s songs about Vauxhall and its charms regularly included some reference to the well-loved Prince Frederick Louis and more usually, to his wife Princess Augusta as wherever they went, the public were bound to follow. In Spring Gardens, Princess Augusta is referred to as ‘the Lady of the May’ and ‘ye Queen of May’.

This song appears under various titles and is contained in several sources including George Bickham’s Musical Entertainer (1737-1739). Many Vauxhall songs were in circulation before they were performed at the gardens and were reprinted in subsequent collections or song sheets.

from notes by Bridget Cunningham © 2017

Recordings

Handel: Handel at Vauxhall, Vol. 2
SIGCD479Download only 1 September 2017 Release
London Pride
CDA67457
Songs from the Pleasure Garden
SIGCD101Download only

Details

Track 1 on SIGCD479 [3'21] Download only 1 September 2017 Release
Track 8 on CDA67457 [3'38]
Track 4 on SIGCD101 [3'04] Download only

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