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You spotted snakes

composer
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

Recordings

Orpheus with his lute
CDA67450
Songs to Shakespeare
CDA66480Archive Service

Details

Track 16 on CDA67450 [2'15]
Track 1 on CDA66480 [3'17] Archive Service

Track-specific metadata for CDA67450 track 16

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-04-45016
Duration
2'15
Recording date
6 October 2003
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. Orpheus with his lute (CDA67450)
    Disc 1 Track 16
    Release date: April 2004
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