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My beloved spake, Z28
composer
before 1678
author of text
Song of Solomon 2: 10-13, 16

Recordings
'Purcell: The Complete Anthems and Services, Vol. 1' (CDA66585)
Purcell: The Complete Anthems and Services, Vol. 1
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'Purcell: The Complete Sacred Music' (CDS44141/51)
Purcell: The Complete Sacred Music
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Details
Part 1: Symphony – My beloved spake and said unto me
Track 25 on CDA66585 [1'56] Archive Service; also available on CDS44141/51
Track 25 on CDS44141/51 CD1 [1'56] 11CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Part 2: For lo! the winter is past
Track 26 on CDA66585 [1'39] Archive Service; also available on CDS44141/51
Track 26 on CDS44141/51 CD1 [1'39] 11CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Part 3: And the time of the singing of birds is come
Part 4: Symphony – The fig tree putteth forth her green figs
Track 28 on CDA66585 [2'40] Archive Service; also available on CDS44141/51
Track 28 on CDS44141/51 CD1 [2'40] 11CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Part 5: My beloved is mine, and I am his

My beloved spake, Z28
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The expressive, graphic, text from The Song of Solomon, My beloved spake has been set with great originality by several British composers over the centuries (including a wonderful setting by another under-rated Englishmen, the twentieth-century composer Patrick Hadley) but no setting has been more original than that of Henry Purcell. Dating from before 1678, My beloved spake is one of Purcell’s earliest surviving compositions: it is hard to believe that this skilfully-crafted anthem could be the work of a teenager. With a text full of references to spring, it is remarkable in almost every aspect: for its freshness, its glorious string writing, its extraordinary word-painting and its novel harmonic language.

The single-section Symphony contains music of enormous originality and leads straight into the opening quartet where the coming of spring is treated with ecstatic lyricism, and the word ‘rise’ is thrown between the voices. The passing of winter and the ritornello that takes over from the voices produces more delicious discords before the arrival of the spring flowers is celebrated with a move back to the major key, a joyful quartet and a chorus at ‘the singing of birds is come’. But the most astonishing harmony is reserved for ‘And the voice of the turtle is heard in our land’ where Purcell creates one of the most extraordinary tonal shifts of the era.

The opening Symphony is repeated before the tenor, accompanied by a winding solo violin imitates the fig tree tortuously growing her green figs and the vines slowly putting forth their produce. The ecstasy of the opening returns at ‘Rise, my love, my fair one’, followed by a joyful Alleluia and the final chorus.

from notes by Robert King ©

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Details for CDS44141/51 disc 1 track 29
Part 5: My beloved is mine, and I am his
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-92-58529
Duration
2'52
Recording date
27 November 1991
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Ben Turner
Recording engineer
Philip Hobbs
Hyperion usage
  1. Purcell: The Complete Anthems and Services, Vol. 1 (CDA66585)
    Disc 1 Track 29
    Release date: March 1992
    Deletion date: December 2009
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44141/51
  2. Purcell: The Complete Sacred Music (CDS44141/51)
    Disc 1 Track 29
    Release date: November 2002
    11CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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