conducted by HARVEY J. DUNKERLEY
' THE MooN'
A Cantata arranged from the Airs of Henry Purcell by W. G. Whittp. ker. The Passing of the Moon ; The Search ; The Woodland Dark ; The Questioning of the Ocean ; The Answer of the Ocern ; The Close of the Day; The Moon Reappears
IN these days of our re-discovery of Henry
Purcell (1658-95) it should be unnecessary to remind anyone that. according to all the leading writers from Purcell's own days onwards, most of his work is among the freshest, most vital music ever written.
Nowhere is that more certainly so than in the great mass of dramatic music which he wrote. Nearly all this consists of more scattered items, incidental songs and so on. for plays characteristic of the time. Seven such songs have been collected into the form of a Cantata, by Dr. Whittaker. new words being provided by Charles Williams , in place of the verse which has always been a serious obstacle to the performance of this music with its original text.
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