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Hears not my Phillis

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Sir John Rogers, president of the Devon Madrigal Society and a powerful figure in Devonian affairs, was clearly a master of the glee, a form of unaccompanied partsong usually conceived for male voices. His Hears not my Phillis drew aspects of its style, if not its musical substance, from the Elizabethan madrigal, a genre rediscovered and popularised in the mid-1700s by several societies of ‘ancient music’. The Devon Madrigal Society’s select membership, which included Samuel Sebastian Wesley, convened during the winter months in Exeter to enjoy the combined pleasures of eating and making music. Hears not my Phillis is a vigorous setting for male voices of Sir Charles Sedley’s famous ‘Knotting Song’, best known today thanks to Henry Purcell’s solo song to the same text.

from notes by Andrew Stewart © 2008


The King's Singers - Live at the BBC Proms
SIGCD150Download only


Track 12 on SIGCD150 [2'47] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD150 track 12

Recording date
5 August 2008
Recording venue
Royal Albert Hall, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Recording engineer
Marvin Ware & Bill Whiston
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  1. The King's Singers - Live at the BBC Proms (SIGCD150)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: November 2009
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