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), pp. 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 interpretation.

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
ePrint ID: 67267
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February 1993Published
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2009
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2017 21:27
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