Stevens : Witches' song and chorus, The : Printable cover page
Composer: Richard John Samuel Stevens (1757 - 1837)
Lyrics: Ben Jonson
Stevens composed this piece at the request of his friend Mrs Hughes (wife of Rev Thomas Hughes, Canon of St Paul's Cathedral). She seems to have had a taste for the Gothick, keeping her house underlit at parties for dramatic effect. Stevens records performing it from manuscript for some five years before publication (in 1806), and usually as the last item of the evening: he clearly considered it a show-stealer.
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