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Purcell, Henry Henry Purcell
United Kingdom United Kingdom
(1659 - 1695)
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Purcell, Henry: "Shepherd, Leave Decoying" for Woodwind Trio

"Shepherd, Leave Decoying" for Woodwind Trio
Z. 628 Act II No. 16
Henry Purcell



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Composer :Henry PurcellPurcell, Henry (1659 - 1695)
Instrumentation :

Wind Trio

Style :

Baroque

Arranger :
Publisher :
Henry PurcellMagatagan, Mike (1960 - )
Date :1691
Copyright :Public Domain
Henry Purcell (1659 - 1695), was an English composer. Although incorporating Italian and French stylistic elements into his compositions, Purcell's legacy was a uniquely English form of Baroque music. He is generally considered to be one of the greatest English composers; no other native-born English composer approached his fame until Edward Elgar.

The "operatic" hit of the last decade of the seventeenth century in London was the work of a composer already being acknowledged England's best ever and the poet (John Dryden) who then and now is considered the best of his century. Technically, the work is called a "semi-opera," as it was a mixture of spoken passages and musical ones. The English were not ready to embrace full-length grand operas in the French or Italian styles in their own language.

It is set in the time of King Arthur's battles against the Saxon King Oswald (and his Wizard Merlin against Oswald's wizard Osmond). Each scene is full of action, be it ritual, pageantry, battle, or scenes of magic, and all the music flows directly from the action in a convincing manner. The dramatic crux of the story is Arthur's wooing of the blind Queen Emmeline. (It is a peculiar convention of semi-operas of the time that the two leading characters do not sing, but this was not a disadvantage as then many of the leading singers were not convincing actors.)

The production was by the Theatre Royal company at Dorset Garden on the Thames at Blackfriars, which had the stage machinery needed for the fast and elaborate special effects and scene changes.

English Lyrics:

Shepherd, Shepherd, leave decoying,
Pipes are sweet as Summers day,
but a little after Toying
Women have the Shot to Pay;
here are Marriage Vows for sighing,
set their Marks that cannot Write;
after that without repineing,
play and welcome Day and Night

Although originally written for Opera, I Arranged this piece for Woodwind Trio (Flute, Oboe and Bassoon).
Source / Web :MuseScore
Sheet central :King Arthur (11 sheet music)
Added by magataganm the 2013-04-07


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This sheet music is part of the collection of magataganm :
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