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Scarce had the rising sun appear'd, Z469

Choice Ayres and Songs II, 1679
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Scarce had the rising sun appear’d was one of Purcell’s first songs to be published, appearing in John Playford’s second book of Choice Ayres and Songs of 1679. The poem was on a common enough theme: a ‘sweet nymph’, minding her own business in a quiet grove, was propositioned by a ‘murm’ring voice’ whose ‘prevalent charms’ were as attractive as the girl’s face. Purcell’s setting is delightful in its tuneful simplicity, bringing in a bass voice to join the solo soprano as beauty yields to ‘pleasing flatteries’.

from notes by Robert King © 2003


Purcell: Secular solo songs, Vol. 2
CDA66720Archive Service
Purcell: The complete secular solo songs
CDS44161/3Boxed set (at a special price) — Download only


Track 27 on CDA66720 [1'03] Archive Service
Track 27 on CDS44161/3 CD2 [1'03] Boxed set (at a special price) — Download only

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