Violin I part from English Song: Purcell, H. - When I have often heard from 'The Fairy Queen' - arr, for Soprano & String Quartet by Gerald Manning

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ENGLISH SONG: �When I have often heard� from �The Fairy Queen� Music: Henry Purcell (c.1659-1695) Text: Anonymous adaptation of Shakespeare�s �A Midsummer Nights Dream�. Possible author is Thomas Betterton (1635-1710)

By the time of Henry the VIII the English were recognized throughout Europe as a musical nation. Erasmus writes � they excel the whole world in the beauty of their women, their knowledge of music and the excellence of their table.� The folk music of England evolved over the centuries to produce a quintessentially English quality that bore no resemblance to the folk music of any other land. The use of poetry was a powerful influence on the character of the English song and composers continually strove to fit the music closely to the poetry to add pathos to the words. In Henry Lawes collection of �Ayres and Dialogues� there are many fine examples of the marriage of sound to sense and Lawes desired to �set words with just note and accent.�

Purcell's secular vocal music includes a number of Odes for the feast of St. Cecilia, patron saint of music and a number of Welcome Songs and other celebrations of royal occasions. He wrote a considerable quantity of solo songs, in addition to the songs included in his work for the theatre. These solo songs and the songs for two or more voices offer a particularly rich repertoire, exemplified by the song Music for a while, from the play Oedipus and Man is for a woman made, from The Mock Marriage. Other vocal works include a number of catches, rounds for popular entertainment.


Composer
Henry Purcell
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Duration
2 minutes
Genre
Classical music
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