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Can life be a blessing?

Troilus and Cressida; A Collection of Songs for One, Two and Three Voices, London, 1704
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At this period the rival theatre company was run by Thomas Betterton at Lincoln’s Inn Fields, with music mainly supplied by John Eccles. Eccles’s simple but effective song ‘Can life be a blessing?’ seems to have been written for an unrecorded production of Dryden’s adaptation of Troilus and Cressida around 1695, when the play was republished.

from notes by Peter Holman 2004


Orpheus with his lute


Track 4 on CDA67450 [2'05]

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