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Performing the music of Henry Purcell

Author: Michael Burden
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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'We all pay lip service to Henry Purcell, but what do we really know of him?', asked Ralph Vaughan Williams. As Nicholas Kenyon points out in his introduction to this volume, many of the circumstances of Purcell's life and music remain obscure. With the tercentenary of Purcell's death, much of his music is being performed, often for the first time for many years. This book, based on discussions at a conference in
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Performing the music of Henry Purcell.
Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1996
(OCoLC)639642588
Named Person: Henry Purcell; Henry Purcell; Henry Purcell; Henry Purcell; Henry Purcell
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Burden
ISBN: 0198164424 9780198164425
OCLC Number: 32240218
Description: xvi, 302 pages : illustrations, portraits, charts, pls., music ; 24 cm
Contents: Henry Purcell : towards a tercentenary / Nicholas Kenyon --
Original sets of parts for Restoration concerted music at Oxford / Peter Holman --
The English organ in Purcell's lifetime / Dominic Gwynn --
Violin making in England in the age of Purcell / John Dilworth --
Performing Mr Purcell's "exotick" trumpet notes / Peter Downey --
The first performance of Purcell's Funeral music for Queen Mary / Bruce Wood --
Ornamentation in the keyboard music of Henry Purcell and his contemporaries / H. Diack Johnstone --
Purcell's stage singers / Olive Baldwin and Thelma Wilson --
Voice ranges, voice types, and pitch in Purcell's concerted works / Timothy Morris --
Purcell debauch'd: the dramatick operas in performance / Michael Burden --
Performance and political allegory in Restoration England : what to interpret and when / Andrew R. Walkling --
Dancing and dance music in Purcell's operas / Richard Semmens --
Of costume and etiquette : staging in the time of Purcell / Ruth-Eva Ronen --
Calling up genius : Purcell, Roger North, and Charlotte Butler / Roger Savage --
Purcell's Dioclesian on the Dorset Garden stage / Julia and Frans Muller --
Trembleurs and cold people : how should they shiver? / Lionel Sawkins --
Appendices. Original sets of parts of restoration concerted music at Oxford, a preliminary catalogue / Peter Holman ; English viol- and violin-makers working in London in the period 1650-1700 / John Dilworth ; Purcell's stage singers : a documentary list / Olive Baldwin and Thelma Wilson ; Dances in Purcell's operas, 1689-92, for which music is known / Richard Semmens.
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This book is the first volume to be devoted to performing Henry Purcell's music. It deals with issues of performance practice relating both to playing the music and staging the operas. The wide range  Read more...

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