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Now, oh now I needs must part
composer
1597; A Firste Booke of Songes or Ayres; tune from The Frogs Galliard
author of text

Recordings
'Dowland: Awake, sweet love' (CDH55241)
Dowland: Awake, sweet love
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99Buy by post £5.50 CDH55241  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Dowland: Lute Songs; Britten: Nocturnal' (CDA67648)
Dowland: Lute Songs; Britten: Nocturnal
'Dowland & Campion: It fell on a summer's day' (CDH88011)
Dowland & Campion: It fell on a summer's day
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99Buy by post £13.99 (ARCHIVE SERVICE) CDH88011  Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service  
'English Ayres and Duets' (CDA66003)
English Ayres and Duets
'Grainger: Rambles and Reflections' (CDH55454)
Grainger: Rambles and Reflections
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99Buy by post £5.50 CDH55454  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
Details
Track 10 on CDA66003 [2'45] Archive Service
Track 16 on CDH55241 [5'16] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 2 on CDH55454 [4'28] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 20 on CDH88011 [4'36] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service

Now, oh now I needs must part
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Sometimes there is a tension between words and music that disrupts the ‘perfect balance’ for which lute-song composers are famous. This must have been deliberate. Now, O now, I needs must part is a good example. Few at the time, and certainly no one now, could say for certain whether there was any love involved in the duc d’Alençon’s unsuccessful suit of Elizabeth I. The Frog Galliard was associated with d’Alençon’s departure, and Now, O now put words to the tune. Elizabeth’s letters show that he wasn’t entirely convinced about her age. She disliked his pockmarked appearance; and they both felt aggrieved that the blandishments of love hadn’t produced enough hard cash to cement a marriage settlement. The jaunty triple metre may be intended to parody the supposed lovers’ sense of their own tragic misfortune or to reflect a courtship that had become something of a public farce, but the words and the nostalgia of the setting are unexpectedly moving.

from notes by Elizabeth Kenny © 2008

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