Henry Purcell

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Henry Purcell

Life

Born: 10 September 1659

Died: 21 November 1695

Biography

The entry in Cathedral Music, Volume 2 (William Boyce) reads:

"Henry Purcell, was one of the Children of the Chapel Royal, and became Organist of the same in 1682. He was also Organist of the Collegiate Church of St. Peter, Westminster, which Place he resigned in 1693.

He died in 1695, aged 37, and was buried in the North Isle of the said Church. On the Stone erected to his Memory is inscribed

Here lies Henry Purcell, Esq; who left this Place, and is gone to that Blessed Place where only his Harmony can be exceeded.

And on his Grave-stone, as follows:

Applaud so great a Guest Celestial Pow'rs, / Who now resides with you, but once was ours:
Yet let invidious Earth no more reclaim / Her short-liv'd Fav'rite, and her chiefest Fame,
Complaining that so prematurely dy'd / Good Nature's Pleasure, and Devotion's Pride,
Dy'd! No, he lives while yonder Organs sound, / And sacred Echoes to the Choir rebound.

The Poet Dryden wrote an Elegy on his Death, which was set to Music by Dr. John Blow, who had been his Master. He appears to have possessed a Genius superior to any of his Predecessors, together with a depth of Musical Knowledge not inferior to the most learned of them. His Talents were not confined to any particular Manner or Stile of Composition, for he was equally excellent in every thing he attempted; and it is doing but common Justice to his Memory to acknowledge, that his Works, in general, affect more powerfully, than those of almost any other Author."

View the Wikipedia article on Henry Purcell.

List of choral works

Sacred works

Morning canticles

Evening canticles

Services

Anthems

See also a sortable table of Purcell anthems.

Hymns and sacred songs

Secular works

Catches

Odes and Welcome Songs

  • Raise raise the voice, Z334 (c. 1685)
  • Sound the trumpet, beat the drum, Z335 (1678)
  • Swifter, Isis, swifter flow, Z336 (1681)
  • The summer's absence unconcerned we bear, Z337 (1682)
  • Welcome, welcome glorious morn, Z338 (1691)
  • Welcome to all the pleasures, Z 339 (1683)
  • Welcome, vicegerent of the mighty king, Z340 (1680)
  • What, what shall be done in behalf of the man? Z341 (1682)
  • Who can from joy refrain? Z342 (1695)
  • Why, why are all the Muses mute? Z343 (1685)
  • Ye tuneful Muses, Z344 (1686)

Songs (A-H)

  • Aaron thus propos'd to Moses, Z 351 (1688) – Possibly not by Purcell
  • Ah! Cruel nymph, you give despair, Z 352 (Unknown)
  • Ah! how pleasant 'tis to love, Z 353 (1688)
  • Ah! Cruel nymph, you give despair, Z 354 (Unknown)
  • Alas, how barbarous we are, Z 482 (Unknown)
  • Amidst the shades and cool refreshing streams, Z 355 (1687)
  • Amintas, to my grief I see, Z 356 (1679)
  • Amintor, heedless of his flocks, Z 357 (1681)
  • Ask me to love no more, Z 358 (1694)
  • A thousand sev'ral ways I tried, Z 359 (1684)
  • Bacchus is a pow'r divine, Z 360
  • Beneath a dark and melancholy grove, Z 461 (Unknown)
  • Bess of Bedlam see From silent shades, Z 370
  • Beware, poor Shepherds, Z 361 (1684)
  • Britons, strike home! Z 574/16
  • Cease, anxious world, Z 362 (1687)
  • Cease, O my sad soul, Z 363 (1678)
  • Celia's fond, too long I've loved her, Z 364 (1694)
  • Celia has a thousand charms, Z 609
  • Come, dear companions of th'Arcadian fields, Z 483 (1686)
  • Come, lay by all care, Z 484 (1685)
  • Cupid, the slyest rogue alive, Z 367 (1685)
  • Corinna is divinely fair, Z 365 (1692)
  • Draw near, you lovers, Z 462 (Unknown)
  • Dulcibella, when e'er I sue for a kiss, Z 485 (1694)
  • Fair Cloe, my breast so alarms, Z 486 (1692)
  • Farewell, all joys, Z 368 (1685)
  • Farewell, ye rocks, Z 463 (1685)
  • Fill the bowl with rosy wine, Z 487 (1687)
  • Fly swift, ye hours, Z 369 (1692)
  • From silent shades and the Elysian groves, Z 370 (1683)
  • Gently shepherds, you that know, Z 464 (1687)
  • Go tell Amynta, gentle swain, Z 489 (Unknown)
  • Hark Damon, hark, Z 541 (Unknown)
  • Hark how the wild musicians sing, Z 542 (Unknown)
  • Haste, gentle Charon, Z 490 (Unknown)
  • Has yet your breast no pity learn'd? Z 491 (1688)
  • Hears not my Phyllis, Z 371 (1695)
  • He himself courts his own ruin, Z 372 (1684)
  • Hence, fond deceiver, Z 492 (1687)
  • Here's to thee, Dick, Z 493 (1688)
  • High on a throne of glitt'ring ore, Z 465 (1690)
  • How delightful's the life of an innocent swain, Z 373 (Unknown)
  • How great are the blessings 'A Health to King James', Z 494 (1686)
  • How I sigh when I think of the charms, Z 374 (1681)
  • How pleasant is this flowery plain, Z 543 (1688)
  • How sweet is the air and refreshing, Z 495 (1687)

Songs (I-R)

  • I came, I saw, and was undone, Z 375 (Unknown)
  • I envy not a monarch's fate, Z 376 (1693)
  • I fain would be free, Z 377 (Unknown)
  • I love and I must, Z 382 (Unknown)
  • I loved fair Celia, Z 381 (1694)
  • I resolve against cringing, Z 386 (1679)
  • I saw fair Cloris all alone, Z 498 (1687)
  • I saw that you were grown so high, Z 387 (1678)
  • I see she flies me, Z 573
  • I spy Celia, Celia eyes me, Z 499 (1687)
  • I take no pleasure in the sun's bright beams, Z 388 (1681)
  • If ever I more riches did desire, Z 544 (Unknown)
  • If grief has any power to kill, Z 378 (1685)
  • If music be the food of love, Z 379
  • If prayers and tears, Z 380 (Unknown)
  • In a deep vision's intellectual scene 'The Complaint', Z 545 (Unknown)
  • In all our Cynthia's shining sphere, Z 496 (Unknown)
  • In Cloris all soft charms, Z 384 (1684)
  • In some kind dream, Z 497 (1687)
  • In these delightful pleasant groves
  • In vain we dissemble, Z 385 (1685)
  • Incassum Lesbia, incassum rogas, Z 383 (1695)
  • Julia, your unjust disdain, Z 500 (1687)
  • Leave these useless arts in loving, Z 389 (Unknown)
  • Let each gallant heart, Z 390 (1683)
  • Let formal lovers still pursue, Z 391 (1687)
  • Let Hector, Achilles and each brave commander, Z 501 (1689)
  • Let us, kind Lesbia, give away, Z 466 (1684)
  • Lost is my quiet forever, Z 502
  • Love arms himself in Celia's eyes, Z 392 (Unknown)
  • Love is now become a trade, Z 393 (1685)
  • Lovely Albina's come ashore, Z 394 (Unknown)
  • Love's power in my heart shall find no compliance, Z 395 (1688)
  • Love, thou canst hear, tho' thou art blind, Z 396 (1695)
  • Love thou art best of human joys, Z 596/1
  • More love or more disdain I crave, Z 397 (1678)
  • Music for a while, Z 583/2
  • Musing on cares of human fate, Z 467 (1685)
  • My heart, wherever you appear, Z 399 (1685)
  • Nestor, who did to thrice man's age attain, Z 503 (1689)
  • Not all my torments can your pity move, Z 400 (Unknown)
  • No, to what purpose should I speak, Z 468 (Unknown)
  • No watch, dear Celia, just is found, Z 401 (1693)
  • Nymphs and shepherds come away, Z 600/1
  • O dive custos Auriacae domus, Z 504 (1695)
  • O! fair Cedaria, hide those eyes, Z 402 (Unknown)
  • O! how happy's he, Z 403 (1690)
  • O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z 406 (1687)
  • Oft am I by the women told, Z 505 (1687)
  • Oh! what a scene does entertain my sight, Z 506 (Unknown)
  • Olinda in the shades unseen, Z 404 (Unknown)
  • On the brow of Richmond Hill, Z 405 (1692)
  • Pastora's beauties when unblown, Z 407 (1681)
  • Phyllis, I can ne'er forgive it, Z 408 (1688)
  • Phillis, talk no more of passion, Z 409 (1685)
  • Pious Celinda goes to prayers, Z 410 (1695)
  • Rashly I swore I would disown, Z 411 (1683)

Songs (S-Z)

  • Urge me no more, Z 426 (Unknown)
  • We now, my Thyrsis, never find, Z 427 (1693)
  • We reap all the pleasures, Z 547 (Unknown)
  • Were I to choose the greatest bliss, Z 517 (1689)
  • What a sad fate, Z 428
  • What can we poor females do? Z 429 (1694)
  • What can we poor females do? Z 518 (Unknown)
  • What hope for us remains now he is gone? Z 472 (1679)
  • When as the mavis sweetly sings
  • When first Amintas sued for a kiss, Z 430 (1687)
  • When first my shepherdess and I, Z 431 (1687)
  • When gay Philander left the plain, Z 519 (1984)
  • When her languishing eyes said 'love', Z 432 (1681)
  • When I a lover pale do see, Z 433 (1678)
  • When, lovely Phyllis, thou art kind, Z 520 (1985)
  • When my Aemelia smiles, Z 434 (Unknown)
  • When Myra sings, Z 521 (1695)
  • When Strephon found his passion vain, Z 435 (1683)
  • When Teucer from his father fled, Z 522 (1686)
  • When the cock begins to crow, ZD 172
  • When Thyrsis did the splendid eye, Z 436 (1675)
  • While bolts and bars my days control, Z 523 (Unknown)
  • While Thyrsis, wrapt in downy sleep, Z 437 (1685)
  • While you for me alone had charms, Z 524 (Unknown)
  • Whilst Cynthia sung, all angry winds lay still, Z 438 (1686)
  • Who but a slave can well express, Z 440 (Unknown)
  • Who can behold Florella's charms, Z 441 (1695)
  • Why, my Daphne, why complaining? Z 525 (1691)
  • Why so serious, why so grave?, Z 442 (Unknown)
  • Ye happy swains, whose nymphs are kind, Z 443 (1685)
  • Young Thyrsis' fate, ye hills and groves, deplore, Z 473 (Unknown)

Operas and semi-operas


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