Purcell (Google eBook)

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S. Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1881 - Composers - 124 pages
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Page 34 - CD, of the city aforesaid, merchant, my true and lawful attorney, for me, and in my name, and for my use to ask, demand...
Page 35 - ... the premises, by virtue of these presents. In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this...
Page 43 - Lero, lero, lilliburlero," that made an impression on the [King's] army, that cannot be imagined by those that saw it not. The whole army, and at last the people, both in city and country, were singing it perpetually. And perhaps never had so slight a thing so great an effect.
Page 77 - Orpheus Britannicus. A collection of all the choicest songs. For one, two, and three voices, compos'd by Mr.
Page 89 - The gentlemen in private meetings, which AW frequented, played three, four and five parts with viols, as treble viol, tenor, counter-tenor, and bass, with an organ, virginal or harpsicon joyn'd with them; and they esteemed a violin to be an instrument only belonging to a common fiddler, and could not endure that it should come among them, for feare of making their meetings to be vaine and fiddling.
Page 76 - Here lies HENRY PURCELL, Esq., who left this life, and is gone to that blessed place where only his harmony can be exceeded.
Page 50 - Music and Poetry have ever been acknowledged Sisters, which walking hand in hand support each other; as Poetry is the harmony of Words, so Music is that of Notes : and as Poetry is a rise above Prose and Oratory, so is Music the exaltation of Poetry. Both of them may excel apart, but sure they are most excellent when they are joined, because nothing is then wanting to either of their perfections : for thus they appear like wit and beauty in the same person.
Page 16 - He says many of the musique are ready to starve, they being five years behind-hand for their wages: nay, Evens, the famous man upon the Harp, having not his equal in the world, did the other day die for mere want, and was fain to be buried at the almes of the parish, and carried to his grave in the dark at night without one linke, but that Mr.
Page 53 - Englishman equal with the best abroad. At least my Opinion of him has been such, since his happy and judicious Performances in the late Opera,1 and the Experiences I have had of him, in the setting of my three Songs for this Amphitryon : To all which, and particularly to the Composition of the Pastoral Dialogue, the numerous Quire of Fair Ladies gave so just an Applause on the Third Day.
Page 56 - There is nothing better than what I intended, but the musick, which has since arrived to a greater perfection in England than ever formerly; especially passing through the artful hands of Mr. Purcell, who has composed it with so great a genius, that he has nothing to fear but an ignorant, illjudging audience.

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