Five Cantatas with Recorder
for soprano/tenor (c'-a''), recorder, and bc
- Love frowns in beateous Myra's Eyes
- Cleora sat beneath a shade
- When Love's soft passion
- Menalcas once the gayest Swain
These five English cantatas are elegant and entertaining pieces; the characters Corydon, Menalcas , Thyrsis, from Virgil's Georgics are joined by nymphs and shepherds from the English madrigal tradition. While all the cantatas can be sung by a soprano, No 2, Love frowns in beauteous Myra's eyes, and No 4, When Love's soft passion would also be appropriate for a tenor, because of the 'persona' of the singer.