The end of a melody is not its goal: but nonetheless, had the melody not reached its end it would not have reached its goal either. A parable. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
Music and passionate lyricism inform this book ... lingers in the mind like some elusive and beautiful tune heard through open windows on a summer’s day. Denton has done a great deal of research, and the book includes many real characters—Henry Purcell, Roger North and his brother Sir Francis, and Celia Fiennes, the “fine lady upon a white horse” of nursery rhyme fame. Denton’s deep understanding and love for the music and musicians of this era are evident on every page and transport the reader. Lovers of poetry and music will enjoy this excursion to Baroque England, as I did.
~ Review by
Historical Novel Society
When informed that “jealousy was the motive to it” Purcell lamented Stradella’s fate, and “in regret of his great merit as a musician”, said he could forgive him any injury in that kind.
~ From Purcell studies
by Curtis Price
Go to youtube.com to listen to selections of the music of Henry Purcell.
To A Strange Somewhere Fled
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