“Music for a while shall all your cares beguile”. Has there ever been a more eloquent tribute to the salutary power of music than Purcell’s setting of these verses by John Dryden? Purcell was very much at home in London’s theatres, whose declared aim was to magic their audiences away into other (and better) worlds. For plays typically combining dance, song and the spoken word, Purcell wrote countless songs and incidental scores of bewitching beauty. With “Music for a While”, Christina Pluhar and her L’Arpeggiata ensemble have devised a homage to this late-17th century Orpheus britannicus, assembling early music specialists and jazz performers for the purpose and thus carrying on very much in Purcell’s liberal theatrical tradition. May the “while” be a very long one!
“Zugabe” Jörg Tröger in conversation with Christina Pluhar