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In 1743 William Boyce wrote music for the play 'Solomon' by Edward Moore. The work was frequently performed, but being judged mildly rude*, was seldom performed after about 1800. One song however, 'Softly Rise, O Southern Breeze' remained popular for another fifty years. In 1762, after a performance of Solomom, the music critic John Potter wrote "......a fine piece of composition! It has a number of beautiful strokes of genius, it is fine, it is elegant and sublime....how delicate the airs in it, how charming the melody! Can anything be more so? Really it is almost impossible."
She - Bronwen Mills, soprano,
He - Howard Crook, tenor
The Parley of Instruments
Choir & Orchestra
dir. Roy Goodman
* I wanted to understand what a "mildly rude" work was like by XVIII century standards so I searched for Moore text. I found it at the University of Virgina Library along with some other intesting works (Mainly poems & fables) . Or you can download it here (26Kb) in RTF format.