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My Thing Is My Own

by Rosa Lamoreaux and Hesperus

Thomas D'Urfey's witty verses from 'Pills to Purge Melancholy' celebrate love, longing and lust, interspersed with Playford Country Dances. Rosa Lamoreaux, soprano, joins Scott Reiss, recorders; Grant Herreid, lute and voice; Tina Chancey, viol & fiddle
Genre: Classical: Early Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Surprised Nymph
2:48 $0.99
2. Off She Goes
1:38 $0.99
3. My Thing Is My Own
6:11 $0.99
4. De'il Take the War
2:51 $0.99
5. British Grenadiers March
1:25 $0.99
6. Robin in the Rushes (feat. Grant Herreid)
6:47 $0.99
7. I've Vowed to Die a Maid
3:10 $0.99
8. Twangdillo
4:47 $0.99
9. Oh, Mother
2:10 $0.99
10. Scotch Cap
2:32 $0.99
11. A Little of One With T'other
4:22 $0.99
12. The Mousetrap (feat. Grant Herreid)
1:25 $0.99
13. Madison's Whim-Confess-Half Hannekin
4:17 $0.99
14. I Never Knew Ye Loved Me (feat. Grant Herreid)
2:06 $0.99
15. Jenny My Blithest Maid
4:22 $0.99
16. The Tunbridge Doctors
2:44 $0.99
17. Packington's Pound
2:42 $0.99
18. The Old Fumbler (feat. Grant Herreid)
1:48 $0.99
19. Tom Tinker (feat. Grant Herreid)
2:41 $0.99
20. The Courtier and the Country Maid
5:33 $0.99
21. Would Ye Have a Young Virgin (feat. Grant Herreid)
2:29 $0.99
22. The Lusty Young Smith
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Album Notes
The English have a love of bawdy song that extends back at least to the time of Henry VIII. Ballads and folk songs such as "Watkins Ale" were popular with the middle classes in the Elizabethan period; Purcell's catches with both suggestive and explicit lyrics, voraciously consumed by the public of William and Mary, are still favorites of male glee clubs in England's universities. But towering about any other collection of this type of song is Thomas d'Urfey's "With and Mirth, or Pills to Purge Melancholy."

D'Urfey's songs are not composed in the sense that we associate with authorship today. He didn't actually write the music for them, but rather drew upon a large body of common tunes, melodies that anyone in London in the early 18th c. would instantly recognize. Common tunes on our culture today might include anything from "Happy Birthday" to Beatles songs, "Auld Lang Syne" to TV themes; in D'Urfey's day they were folk songs or dance tunes that emerged from oral tradition, or composed melodies from the theater or from published collections popular enough to be universally recognized.

"Pills" consists of several types of song; topical or political songs commenting on current events or social issues; social satires on fashion, society and marriage; patriotic songs, often with allegorical references; a smattering of bathroom humor (scatological texts such as "The Fart" (which was so popular that it spawned "Second part of the Fart"); and songs that treat the gamut of issues of love, sex and seduction in 18th c. England. In this recording we focus upon the last category.



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