Melancholy of Love Programme

The next 3 pieces are set for alto recorder and piano.

MUSIC FOR A WHILE, originally an aria for voice and harpsichord and bass viol by the English Baroque composer Henry Purcell [1659-1695]. It is the second of four movements from his incidental music to Oedipus, a version of Sophocles’ play by John Dryden and Nathaniel Lee published in 1679.

SICILIANA –was composed for the block flute and harpsichord by Italian Baroque composer Battista Pergolesi Giovanni (1710 -1736).

RECORDER SONATA IN A MINOR-composed by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759).


AN EVENING HYMN [ Now that the sun hath veiled his light]

Is a quiet private and penitential attitude to God.

Composed by English Baroque composer Henry Purcell (1659 – 1695).

John Dowland [1563 -1626], was an English Renaissance composer, lutenist and singer. He is best known today for his melancholic songs such as “Come heavy sleep” “Come again” “Flow my tears” and “Now O now I needs must part.”


Can she excuse my wrongs with virtues cloak?

Shall I call her good when she proves unkind. Are those clear fires which vanish into smoke? Must I praise her leaves where no fruit I find. No, no, where shadows do for bodies stand, thou may’st be abused if the sight be dim. Cold love is like two words written on sand, or two bubbles which on the water swim. Wilt thou be thus abused still, seeing that she will right thee never if thou canst not or come her will, thy love will be thus fruitless ever.

HARK, WHAT I TELL TO THEE [ The Spirit’s Song]

Composed by Austrian Baroque composer Joseph Haydn (1732-1809).



Oratorio “SAUL” composed by English-German Baroque Composer George Frideric Handel (1685-1759).


O WHERE ARE YOU DEARLY BELOVED? (DOVE SAE, AMATO BENE?), from the opera “Rodelinda” in 1725. Composed by English- German Baroque Composer George Frideric Handel (1685-1759).


IF THOU LOV’ST ME (SE TU M’AMI), composed by Italian Baroque Composer Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736).


LOVE I HAVE WON YOU composed by Sir Landon Ronald (1873-1938), from A Cycle of life: Five Songs Collection.