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Publisher: Novello & Co

Timon of Athens (Masque)
Publisher
Novello & Co Ltd
Category
Chorus and Orchestra/Ensemble
Arranger/Editor
Jack Westrup
Duration
30 Minutes
Chorus
SATB
Language
English
Solo Instrument(s)
2 sopranos, alto, tenor, bass
Orchestration


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Programme Note
Henry Purcell Timon of Athens (Masque)
BRIEF PROGRAMME NOTE

Shadwell’s masque is inserted at a point in Act I Scene II of Shakespeare’s play (or Act II of Shadwell’s own re-writing of it) where the stage directions indicate it. The masque is a war of words between Cupid and Bacchus and their respective followers, on the question of whether the joys of love or of wine are superior. In the end they come to a truce:
‘Come, let us agree, there are pleasures divine, In wine and in love, in love and in wine.'

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