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O dive custos Auriacae domus 'An elegy upon the death of Queen Mary', Z514

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O dive custos Auriacae is a fine setting of Henry Parker’s text (itself a clever piece of writing whose references to Oxford and Cambridge might have drawn approving nods from classical scholars) which shows Purcell’s florid and strongly Italianate vocal style, with the voices intertwining jagged melodic inter­vals amongst passages containing chains of discords.

from notes by Robert King © 1988

O dive custos Auriacae est une belle mise en musique du texte de Henry Parker (page ingénieuse dont les références à Oxford et à Cambridge ont pu recevoir l’approbation des érudits classiques), une illustration du style vocal fleuri et fort italianisant de Purcell: les voix entremêlent des intervalles mélodiques hachés dans des passages renfermant des chaînes de discordances.

extrait des notes rédigées par Robert King © 1988
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