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The Maid's Last Prayer, or Any rather than Fail, Z601
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'Purcell & Blow: Countertenor duets' (CDH55447)
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Duet: No, resistance is but vain
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The Maid's Last Prayer, or Any rather than Fail, Z601
Southerne’s play of 1693 The Maid’s Last Prayer, or Any rather than Fail required only two songs and one duet, No, resistance is but vain. Its opening comic style is strongly reminiscent of the Coridon and Mopsa duet from The Fairy Queen, dating from only a few months earlier, but the duet also contains some contrasting and characteristically wistful writing at the mention of ‘sighs’ and ‘pain’.

from notes by Robert King © 1988

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