English Song: Dr. John Blow - The Self-Banished - arr. for Soprano & String Quartet by Gerald Manning

By: Dr. John Blow
For: String quartet
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Composer
Dr. John Blow
Arranger
Gerald Manning
Lyricist
Edmund Waller
Publisher
Difficulty
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
Duration
1 minute
Genre
Classical music
License details
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ENGLISH SONG

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.�

John Blow was born in 1648 and was one of the first set of Children of the Chapel Royal. At the age of fifteen he set three anthems, which were performed by the choir. Although his pupil Purcell overshadowed his reputation as a composer, he nevertheless shows real originality in his compositions. The text of �The Self-Banished is by Edmund Waller and the song is taken from the �Amphion Anglicus,� which was published in 1700.

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