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The Maid's Last Prayer, or Any rather than Fail, Z601

composer
1693
author of text

 
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

La pièce de Southerne The Maid’s Last Prayer, or Any rather than Fail (1693) requit juste deux chants et un duo, No, resistance is but vain qui, malgré un style comique inaugural rappelant beaucoup le duo entre Coridon et Mopsa (dans The Fairy Queen, antérieur de quelques mois seulement) arbore une écriture contrastive et typiquement mélancolique aux mots «sighs» et «pain».

extrait des notes rédigées par Robert King © 1988
Français: Hypérion

Recordings

Purcell & Blow: Countertenor duets
CDH55447

Details

Duet: No, resistance is but vain
Track 6 on CDH55447 [4'40]

Track-specific metadata for CDH55447 track 6

Duet: No, resistance is but vain
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-88-25306
Duration
4'40
Recording date
15 May 1987
Recording venue
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Purcell & Blow: Countertenor duets (CDA66253)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: March 1988
    Deletion date: December 2010
    Superseded by CDH55447
  2. Purcell & Blow: Countertenor duets (CDH55447)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: April 2014
  3. Hyperion monthly sampler – April 2014 (HYP201404)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: April 2014
    Download-only monthly sampler
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