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Purcell, Henry Henry Purcell
United Kingdom United Kingdom
(1659 - 1695)
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Purcell, Henry: "Hark! the Echoing Air a Triumph Sings" for Harp & Strings

"Hark! the Echoing Air a Triumph Sings" for Harp & Strings
(Z.629/48)
Henry Purcell




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

2 violins, viola, piano

Style :

Baroque

Arranger :
Publisher :
Henry PurcellMagatagan, Mike (1960 - )
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.

"Hark! hark! the Echoing Air a Triumph Sings is an aria from Act V (No. 48) of the Opera "The Fairy Queen" which is based on "A Midsummer Night's Dream". It was the most lavish of Purcell's semi-operas. It consisted of four masques associated with the fairy kingdom. Each masque is self-contained and captures the atmosphere of Shakespeare's original play in unique and associative ways, although Shakespeare's text is not used in any of the sections.

This piece belongs to the elaborate Epithalamium that ends the work. It is an outstanding example of the fresh energetic quality that characterizes Purcell's melodies. The voice is combined with Purcell's English adaptation of the Italian trumpet aria style in the accompaniment. Purcell's text illustration is also present in the melody and rhythm ("clap their wings"). The vocal line is florid, with sequences of motives and phrase fragments that alternate with melisma's on selected words.

Although this Air was originally written for Opera & Orchestra, I created this arrangement for Concert (Pedal) Harp & Strings (2 Violins & Viola).
Source / Web :MuseScore
Sheet central :The Fairy Queen (8 sheet music)
Added by magataganm the 2017-09-21


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This sheet music is part of the collection of magataganm :
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