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Fancies

composer
1971

 
The ‘fancies’ are the fleeting ideas, dreams and whims that flit like Will-o’-the-wisps through the imagination of every artist. I have always thought that they were captured to perfection by the Elizabethan poets and by their collaborators, the madrigal composers such as Weelkes, Wilbye and Morley; and, looking back now on the music heard on this recording, I realize how much of it was inspired by the madrigalian spirit. Fancies was written in 1971 for the Richard Hickox Singers and Orchestra (the orchestra was later renamed the City of London Sinfonia). The first performance was given in London, repeated shortly afterwards at an open-air concert one lovely summer’s evening by the River Thames in rural Berkshire, a perfect setting for it.

from notes by John Rutter © 1992

Recordings

Rutter: Fancies & other works
CSCD516Download only

Details

No 1: Tell me where is fancy bred
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Track 1 on CSCD516 [1'44] Download only
No 2: There is a garden in her face
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Track 2 on CSCD516 [3'52] Download only
No 3: The urchins' dance  By the moon we sport and play
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Track 3 on CSCD516 [2'00] Download only
No 4: Riddle song  I have a young sister
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Track 4 on CSCD516 [3'13] Download only
No 5: Midnight's bell
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Track 5 on CSCD516 [2'16] Download only
No 6: The bellman's song  From noise of Scare-fires rest ye free
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Track 6 on CSCD516 [2'45] Download only

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