Performance Wednesday, March 18, 2015 | 7:30 PM

Nicholas Phan

A Painted Tale

Weill Recital Hall
A story of love gained and then lost is told through the beauty of early English song. Songs by Purcell, Dowland, Lanier, Campion, Blow, Morley, and others form a pastiche song cycle that’s rich with poetry and great beauty.

Part of Salon Encores.


  • Nicholas Phan, Tenor
  • Ann Marie Morgan, Viola da Gamba
  • Michael Leopold, Lute and Theorbo


    MORLEY "A painted tale"

    The Tale
    PURCELL "O solitude, my sweetest choice"
  • ANON. "Have you seen but a white lily grow?"
  • BLOW "Fairest work of happy Nature"
  • BLOW "The Self-Banish'd"
  • LANIER "Fire, lo here I burn"
  • BLOW "O turn not those fine eyes away"
  • PURCELL "Sweeter than Roses" from Pausanias
  • PURCELL "She loves and she confesses too"
  • LANIER "No more shall meads"
  • DOWLAND "My thoughts are winged with hopes"
  • BLOW "Of all the torments"
  • DOWLAND "Can she excuse my wrongs"
  • PURCELL "Not all my torments can your pity move"
  • A. FERRABOSCO "So, so leave off this last lamenting kiss"
  • DOWLAND "In darkness let me dwell"
  • DOWLAND "Now, O now, I needs must part"
  • DOWLAND "Come, heavy Sleep"
  • LANIER "Stay, Silly Heart, and do not break"
  • PURCELL "Now that the sun hath veil'd his light" (An Evening Hymn on a Ground)


"The Last Rose of Summer"
Nicholas Phan, Tenor | Myra Huang, Piano
Nicholas Phan

At a Glance

Taking Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin as a model, tenor Nicholas Phan curates an evening of early English songs that are arranged as a continuous “pastiche song cycle” to tell the story of a young man who falls in love with a young woman and is destroyed by the heartbreak that ensues. He brings viola da gambist (and former teacher) Ann Marie Morgan, and lute and theorbo player Michael Leopold on board to paint the tale with the widest variety of color.


This performance is part of Early Music in Weill Recital Hall.

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