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Corydon and Miranda

A Pastoral Interlude; used in Clive's The Rehearsal, 1750
author of text
'A Gentleman of Bath'

The origin of Corydon and Miranda is shrouded in mystery. It is known that it was incorporated into Mrs Clive’s play The Rehearsal, produced at Drury Lane in 1750, but a comparison between the text of Clive’s play and Boyce’s autograph score in the Bodleian Library shows that the version performed then was not the original one and that the work was written for some earlier occasion, probably as a short independent work. The story is a simple love triangle between the shepherd, Corydon, and two shepherdesses, the faithful Miranda and the faithless Marcella. Despite the work’s title, Marcella is really the most important character with two superb airs, the first a sensuous minuet, the second a remarkable revenge number with a contrasted middle section and most advanced orchestral writing. The moral is drawn at the end in a short chorus. The work has no overture, so we have borrowed one suitable in size, key, mood and scoring from one of Boyce’s court odes.

from notes by Peter Holman © 1997


Boyce: Peleus and Thetis & other theatre music
CDA66935Archive Service


No 1. Recitative: It must be so (Miranda)
Track 25 on CDA66935 [0'20] Archive Service
No 2. Air: If Cupid once the mind possess (Miranda)
Track 26 on CDA66935 [2'14] Archive Service
No 3. Recitative: But see, he comes – I'll wear a short diguise (Miranda/Corydon)
Track 27 on CDA66935 [0'55] Archive Service
No 4. Air: In vain, Miranda, you complain (Corydon)
Track 28 on CDA66935 [3'01] Archive Service
No 5. Recitative: Well, would you ease my breast and peace restore (Miranda/Corydon/Marcella)
Track 29 on CDA66935 [0'42] Archive Service
No 6. Air: The silver rain, the pearly dew (Marcella)
Track 30 on CDA66935 [2'20] Archive Service
No 7. Recitative: Away, away, nor ever see me more (Corydon/Marcella)
Track 31 on CDA66935 [0'59] Archive Service
No 8. Air: Rise, tempests, rise, cloud the skies! (Marcella)
Track 32 on CDA66935 [3'25] Archive Service
No 9. Chorus: Joy were no joy, and pleasure vain
Track 33 on CDA66935 [0'55] Archive Service

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