The Fairy Queen: a fresh look at the issues

Wood, Bruce and Pinnock, Andrew (1993) The Fairy Queen: a fresh look at the issues. Early Music, 21, (1), 44-62. (doi:10.1093/em/XXI.1.44).


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[Some] ha' not the heart to believe anything,
But what they see in print
Aye, that's an error
Has abus'd many; but we shall reform it,
As many things beside (we have a hope)
Are crept among the popular abuses '
Thus Ben Jonson on the simple-minded reading public
of 1625 and the press is more of a menace than Jonson
realized, now that people by the million have votes to
cast, money to spend and leisure time to fritter away following
their printed instructions. If some topsy-turvy
thinking on The Fairy Queen were the worst result of our
ready belief in printed things, there would be little
enough reason to complain.
Current theories about source relationships, and
details of the stage history of The Fairy Queen that are
inferable from them, rest upon printed evidence which
has been taken at face value—accepted even when Purcell's
autograph contradicts it. Allowing the manuscripts
greater weight than usual, and with the help of one or
two new witnesses, we arrive at a different

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1093/em/XXI.1.44
ISSNs: 1741-7260 (print)
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Keywords: fairy queen, purcell, pinnock, wood, early music
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Music
ePrint ID: 67267
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
February 1993Published
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2009
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:53

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