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

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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
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