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Henry Purcell

King Arthur

Instrument line-up: Solo Parts, Choir, and Orchestra
Edition: Piano Reduction
Composer: Henry Purcell
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Publisher: Novello Publishing
Order no.: NOV070418
ISBN: 9780853601784
Language: english
Weight: 392 g


King Arthur was the only one of Purcell's professionally produced operas to have been designed as a semi-opera; the others were all adaptations of earlier plays. Dryden made a real attempt to integrate the music into the drama, but since he ascribed to the dramatic conventions of the period which virtually confined music to allegorical or supernatural beings and thier worshippers, or servants, shepherds and similar characters, the main action mostly occurs in the spoken sections, and even the two singing characters, Philidel and Grimbald speak more than they sing.

Table of contents:

Brave Souls
Come If You Dare
Come, Follow Me
Come, Shepherds
Fairest Isle
For Love Ev'ry Creature
Great Love
Hither, This Way
How Blest Are Shepherds
How Happy The Lover
I Call
Let Not A Moonborn Elf
No Part Of My Dominion
Our Natives Not Alone Appear
Recitative, 'The White Horse Neigh'd'
Recitative, 'Woden First To Thee'
Round Thy Coast
Saint George
See, See, We Assemble
Shepherd, Shepherd, Leave Decoying
Sound A Parley
The Lot Is Cast
Thou Doting Fool
'tis I That Have Warm'd Ye
To Woden Thanks We Render
Two Daughters Of This Aged Stream
What Ho! Thou Genius
What Power Art Thou
Ye Blust'ring Brethren
You Say Tis Love
Your Hay It Is Mow'd

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