Purcell: If Music be the Food of Love (1st Version) Z.379a


The first version of Purcell’s setting of this text (the opening line based on Shakespeare) differs in a few significant details from the more-frequently performed second setting. It is here offered in Gminor (original key), F minor (down a tone) or D minor (down a fourth).

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Purcell set this text by Colonel Henry Heveningham three times. The first version, though similar to the oft-performed second version, offers intriguing and beautiful variants in the setting. It first appeared in the Gentleman’s Journal in June 1692 with only the first verse. This edition adds the words of the second verse as well.

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D minor, F minor, G minor