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Now does the glorious day appear, Z332

composer
30 April 1689; Ode for Queen Mary's Birthday
author of text
greatly modified by Purcell
author of text
extensive modifications to Shadwell's original text

 
Now does the glorious day appear was Purcell’s first Ode written to celebrate the birthday of Queen Mary (on 30 April 1689), and so dates from exactly a year before Arise, my muse. Thomas Shadwell was the author of the text, which Purcell altered quite extensively, even to the extent of cutting the last fifteen lines. Purcell restricted the orchestral scoring to that of a string ensemble, but added a ‘third violin’ (actually a small viola) and thus provided himself with a five-part orchestral texture. This rich texture is immediately apparent in the French-style overture which at times has stylistic elements in common with the instrumental writing of Georg Muffat. The tenor solo ‘This does our fertile isle’ is set to what must be one of Purcell’s shortest ground basses, on just two notes, but one that is nonetheless effective, especially in its transformation into an orchestral ritornello.

But the highlight of the work, a movement which surely ranks as one of Purcell’s greatest, is the alto solo, set over a wistfully sighing four-bar dropping ground bass, ‘By beauteous softness’. One of Purcell’s most ravishing solos, especially with its quietly ecstatic vocal line at ‘She with such sweetness’, the voice’s final phrase is overlapped with an exquisite five-part string ritornello of quite melting beauty.

from notes by Robert King © 2010

Now does the glorious day appear fut la première Ode composée par Purcell pour l’anniversaire de la reine Marie (le 30 avril 1689), juste un an, donc, avant Arise, my muse. Thomas Shadwell en signa le texte, que Purcell modifia considérablement, au point d’en retrancher les quinze derniers vers. La distribution orchestrale fut limitée à celle d’un ensemble de cordes mais l’ajout d’un «troisième violon» (en réalité, un petit alto) permit au compositeur de s’offrir une riche texture orchestrale à cinq parties. Cette dernière transparaît d’emblée dans l’ouverture à la française, dont certains éléments stylistiques sont en commun avec l’écriture instrumentale de Georg Muffat. Le solo de ténor «This does our fertile isle» reçoit ce qui doit être l’un des plus courts ground basses purcelliens—de seulement deux notes, ce qui ne l’empêche pas d’être impressionnant, notamment dans sa métamorphose en ritornello orchestral.

Mais l’apothéose de l’Ode, c’est le solo d’alto déployé par-dessus un ground bass descendant, tristement soupirant, de quatre mesures, «By beauteous softness»—certainement parmi les plus grandioses mouvements et les plus ravissants solos purcelliens, surtout avec sa ligne vocale extatique à «She with such sweetness», la dernière phrase vocale se chevauchant avec un exquis ritornello de cordes à cinq parties, d’une beauté toute attendrissante.

extrait des notes rédigées par Robert King © 2010
Français: Hypérion

Now does the glorious day appear war Purcells erste Ode, die anlässlich des Geburtstags von Königin Maria (am 30. April 1689) entstand und damit genau ein Jahr bevor Arise, my muse komponiert wurde. Thomas Shadwell war der Autor des Texts, den Purcell recht umfassend bearbeitete und von dem er sogar die letzten 15 Zeilen strich. Purcell beschränkte die Instrumentalbesetzung auf ein Streicherensemble, fügte jedoch eine „dritte Violine“ (eigentlich eine kleine Bratsche) hinzu, so dass ihm eine fünfstimmige Orchesterstruktur zur Verfügung stand. Diese reiche Textur ist von Anfang an in der französisch anmutenden Ouvertüre zu hören, die zuweilen ähnliche stilistische Elemente zu dem Instrumentalstil von Georg Muffat aufweist. Das Tenor-Solo „This does our fertile isle“ ist mit einem sehr kurzen Basso ostinato vertont—er besteht aus nur zwei Tönen, die trotzdem wirkungsvoll sind, besonders wenn sie in ein Orchester-Ritornell übergehen.

Der Höhepunkt dieses Werks ist jedoch ein Satz, der zu den besten von Purcell gezählt werden muss, nämlich das Alt-Solo, „By beauteous softness“, das über einem wehmütig seufzenden, viertaktigen und absteigenden Basso ostinato erklingt. Es ist dies eins der hinreißendsten Soli Purcells, besonders bei der still-ekstatischen Passage „She with such sweetness“, wenn die letzte Phrase der Gesangsstimme sich mit einem vorzüglichen fünfstimmigen Streicher-Ritornell überschneidet.

aus dem Begleittext von Robert King © 2010
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

Recordings

Purcell: Odes, Vol. 1 – Royal and Ceremonial Odes
CDA66314Archive Service; also available on CDS44031/8
Purcell: The Complete Odes & Welcome Songs
CDS44031/88CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
English Lute Songs
CDH55249
Purcell: A Purcell Collection
Studio Master: SIGCD375Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
The James Bowman Collection
This album is not yet available for downloadKING3Super-budget price sampler — Archive Service

Details

Movement 01: Symphony
Track 18 on CDA66314 [3'39] Archive Service; also available on CDS44031/8
Track 18 on CDS44031/8 CD1 [3'39] 8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 02: Now does the glorious day appear
Track 19 on CDA66314 [1'22] Archive Service; also available on CDS44031/8
Track 19 on CDS44031/8 CD1 [1'22] 8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 03: Not any one such joy could bring
Track 20 on CDA66314 [1'24] Archive Service; also available on CDS44031/8
Track 20 on CDS44031/8 CD1 [1'24] 8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 04: This does our fertile isle with glory crown
Track 21 on CDA66314 [2'29] Archive Service; also available on CDS44031/8
Track 21 on CDS44031/8 CD1 [2'29] 8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 05: Now does the glorious day appear
Track 22 on CDA66314 [1'21] Archive Service; also available on CDS44031/8
Track 22 on CDS44031/8 CD1 [1'21] 8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 06: It was a work of full as great a weight
Track 23 on CDA66314 [1'56] Archive Service; also available on CDS44031/8
Track 23 on CDS44031/8 CD1 [1'56] 8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 07: By beauteous softness mixed with majesty
Track 24 on CDA66314 [3'56] Archive Service; also available on CDS44031/8
Track 24 on CDS44031/8 CD1 [3'56] 8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Track 10 on KING3 [3'56] Super-budget price sampler — Archive Service
Track 30 on CDH55249 [2'52]
Track 3 on SIGCD375 [3'34] Download only
Movement 08: Her hero to whose conduct and whose arms
Track 25 on CDA66314 [1'32] Archive Service; also available on CDS44031/8
Track 25 on CDS44031/8 CD1 [1'32] 8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 09: Our dear religion, with our law's defence
Track 26 on CDA66314 [1'49] Archive Service; also available on CDS44031/8
Track 26 on CDS44031/8 CD1 [1'49] 8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 10: No more shall we the great Eliza boast
Track 27 on CDA66314 [2'33] Archive Service; also available on CDS44031/8
Track 27 on CDS44031/8 CD1 [2'33] 8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 11: Now, now, with one united voice
Track 28 on CDA66314 [1'36] Archive Service; also available on CDS44031/8
Track 28 on CDS44031/8 CD1 [1'36] 8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Track-specific metadata for CDA66314 track 24

By beauteous softness mixed with majesty
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-88-31424
Duration
3'56
Recording date
16 May 1988
Recording venue
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Purcell: Odes, Vol. 1 – Royal and Ceremonial Odes (CDA66314)
    Disc 1 Track 24
    Release date: November 1988
    Deletion date: October 2006
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44031/8
  2. Purcell: The Complete Odes & Welcome Songs (CDS44031/8)
    Disc 1 Track 24
    Release date: November 1992
    8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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