Henry Purcell (1659-1695): Stript of their green our groves appear

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This delightful song consists of a text by Peter Anthony Motteux that was set by Purcell for the first issue of Motteux’s Gentleman’s Journal  in 1692. Motteux was clearly pleased with the result and said as much adding that he hoped to have it performed before the Queen. I don’t know Whether that hope was brought to fruition or not but I stand in awe of Purcell’s achievement at setting the text. It must have been a beast to write the music for – even for a musical genius like Purcell.  Take a look at the first few stanzas and you’ll see what I mean. Enjoy :-)


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