Purcell Studies

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Curtis Price
Cambridge University Press, Sep 14, 1995 - Music - 305 pages
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The tercentenary of Henry Purcell's death fell in 1995, and this 1995 volume of specially commissioned essays was collected to celebrate Purcell's music in his tercentenary year. The essays are representative of the best research and deal mainly with the autograph manuscripts, Purcell's compositional technique, the relationship between Purcell and his teacher John Blow, a reassessment of Purcell court odes, performance practice and wordsetting, and eighteenth-century reception history, particularly regarding King Arthur. The volume is well illustrated with music examples and photographs of important manuscripts. It also analyses Purcell's compositional techniques through detailed study of his manuscripts and reports on the discovery of two important autograph manuscripts. The book opens with an assessment of Purcell's illusive personality.
  

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Contents

Fitzwilliam MS 88
47
New light on Purcells keyboard music
89
Only Purcell ere shall equal Blow
106
propaganda and panegyric
145
Purcell Blow and the English court ode
172
Continuity and tempo in Purcells vocal works
192
Poetic metre musical metre and the dance in Purcells songs
207
a lesson in anatomy
243
King Arthurs journey into the eighteenth century
257
a portrait of Henry Purcell
290
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