You spotted snakes

The Fairies, London, 1755
author of text
A Midsummer Night's Dream II:ii

John Christopher Smith, Handel’s pupil and assistant, included some striking settings of well-known lyrics in his two Shakespearean operas The Fairies (1755), derived from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Tempest (1756). ‘You spotted snakes’ creates a magical atmosphere by the use of drones and hushed unison passages.

from notes by Peter Holman © 2004


Orpheus with his lute
Songs to Shakespeare
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Track 16 on CDA67450 [2'15]
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