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Since Times Are So Bad - Purcell* - The Academy Of Ancient Music - Theatre Music (Don Quixote)


1978
Label: LOiseau-Lyre - DSLO 534 • Series: Florilegium Series • Format: Vinyl LP • Country: UK • Genre: Classical • Style: Baroque
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Purcell contributed several numbers to the incidental music for this play, which also featured music by other composers such as Eccles. Purcell's dramatic scena "From Rosy Bowers" was a musical dramatization of a section in which Altisidora tries to seduce Don Quixote away from his beloved Dulcinea. The libretto was written by a man named D'Urfey, and in his text he specifies that the scene should have Since Times Are So Bad - Purcell* - The Academy Of Ancient Music - Theatre Music (Don Quixote) movements; Love, Movement, Despair, Passion, and Frenzy.

Purcell seems to have covered all of these emotions and then some. The opening is in minor, filled with lute-like strummings, and is a beautiful hymn to Cupid, asking the god to teach Altisidora how to love. It is a recitative and air in a free-flowing style full of expressive word painting and plangent phrasing. An allegro, carefree song follows, in almost spritelike music. As is the text, the music is "graceful and charming. In adagio tempo, Altisidora sings of her despair of ever winning her beloved.

Her "Ah! The word "death" is given a diminished octave, which really sets it off from the rest of the text, and the beating of Altisidora's heart is suggested by a steady, Charivari - Psycho Samba rhythm, with a measured ornament on the word "beat.

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