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Hears not my Phillis how the birds 'The Knotting Song', Z371

late 1694, Thesaurus Musicus III, 1695
author of text

The text to ‘The Knotting Song’ is by Sir Charles Sedley and was published in The Gentleman’s Journal of August and September 1694. Sedley was a notorious wit and something of a reprobate, and his poem was prefaced by Motteux with: ‘Happy the lover who with all his art can warm one of these cold beauties into pity, principally now the fit of Knotting (to speak in a lover’s phrase) possesses the best part of the finer half of human kind, and leaves them unconcerned for sighs and vows as the fair subject of this song.’

Purcell’s lighthearted setting probably dates from late 1694 and was published in the third book of Thesaurus Musicus (1695). Phillis, the subject of Sedley’s irritated attentions, was clearly an enthusiastic participant in London’s latest craze, knotting fringes.

from notes by Robert King © 2003

The Knotting Song («Hears not my Phillis») est une œuvre tardive, de 1695. Purcell traite le texte de Sedley avec beaucoup d’ironie voilée, surtout dans le refrain où transparaît la frustration du soupirant, dont les avances à une certaine Phillis sont repoussées non par des mots de refus mais par un tricotage incessant, inexpressif.

extrait des notes rédigées par Robert King © 1989
Français: Hypérion


Purcell: Mr Henry Purcell's Most Admirable Composures
CDH55303Archive Service
Purcell: Secular solo songs, Vol. 2
CDA66720Archive Service; also available on CDS44161/3
Purcell: The complete secular solo songs
CDS44161/33CDs Boxed set (at a special price)


Track 7 on CDH55303 [2'26] Archive Service
Track 12 on CDA66720 [2'31] Archive Service; also available on CDS44161/3
Track 12 on CDS44161/3 CD2 [2'31] 3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Track-specific metadata for CDH55303 track 7

Recording date
10 April 1988
Recording venue
Radley College, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Nicholas Parker
Recording engineer
Nicholas Parker
Hyperion usage
  1. Purcell: Mr Henry Purcell's Most Admirable Composures (CDA66288)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: April 1989
    Deletion date: September 2006
    Superseded by CDH55303
  2. Purcell: Mr Henry Purcell's Most Admirable Composures (CDH55303)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: January 2009
    Deletion date: January 2016
    Archive Service
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