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Lay a garland

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from The Maid's Tragedy, Act II Scene 1
author of text
from The Maid's Tragedy, Act II Scene 1

Lay a garland is a setting of a secular text from The Maid’s Tragedy by the Renaissance playwright Francis Beaumont and is in eight parts. In the play, the text is sung by one of the characters, Aspasia, when she realises that her betrothed has been forced into a marriage with the mistress of the king. Pearsall here develops the use of the suspension to exquisite lengths, in this perfectly formed and mournful work, developing the secular practices of such composers such as Thomas Morley, and in particular his balletts.

from notes by Adam Binks © 2009


Cambridge Singers A Cappella
CSCD509Download only
English Romantic Madrigals
Studio Master: CDA68140Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Studio Master: SIGCD447Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Naked Byrd, Vol. 1
SIGCD180Download only


Track 5 on CDA68140 [3'16]
Track 10 on CSCD509 [2'31] Download only
Track 7 on SIGCD180 [4'20] Download only
Track 5 on SIGCD447 [4'38] Download only

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