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Henry Purcell

Born in 1659, Henry Purcell was the finest and most original composer of his day. Though he was to live a very short life (he died in 1695) he was able to enjoy and make full use of the renewed flowering of music after the Restoration of the Monarchy.

As the son of a musician at Court, a chorister at the Chapel Royal, and the holder of continuing royal appointments until his death, Purcell worked in Westminster for three different Kings over twenty-five years.

In the Chapel Royal young Purcell studied with Dr. John Blow. Dr. Burney, the eighteenth century historian, is amusingly skeptical on this point: "..... he had a few lessons from Dr. Blow, which were sufficient to cancel all the instructions he had received from other masters, and to occasion the boast inscribed on the tomb-stone of Blow, that he had been 'Master to the famous Mr. Henry Purcell'." Legend has it that when, in 1679, Purcell succeeded Dr. Blow as organist of Westminster Abbey, the elder musician stepped aside in recognition of the greater genius, and it is true that on Purcell's death in 1695 Blow returned to the post, and would write a noble Ode on the Death of Purcell.

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Henry Purcell : Purcell Anthology : SATB : 01 Songbook : 9780193533516

Henry Purcell : Purcell Anthology

The tercentenary of the death of world-famous English Baroque composer Henry Purcell (most widely known for his opera "Dido and Aeneas") will be celebrated everywhere. This volume offers an opportunity to choral associations to join the celebration. With Purcell's expertise in setting the English language, ten of the eleven anthems are in English (one in Latin). The editor, secretary to the Purcell Society, has selected those most representative and most useful, from among the composer's prodigious output.

Songlist: Hear My Prayer, O Lord, I Was Glad, O God, the King Of Glory, Remember not, Lord, Our Offences, Thou Knowest, Lord, The Secrets Of Our Hearts, Jehova, Quam Multi Sunt Hostes Mei!, Lord. How Long Wilt Thou Be Angry, O God, Thou Art My God, Thy Word Is A Latern, O Sing unto The Lord, Rejoice In The Alway

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Voicing: SATB | 9151b | Songbook | $27.95


Henry Purcell : Ode for St. Cecilia's Day 1692 : SATB : Songbook : 073999362862 : 49002376

Henry Purcell : Ode for St. Cecilia's Day 1692

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Voicing: SATB | 40389b | Songbook | $9.95


Henry Purcell : Te Deum and Jubilate Deo in D : SSATB : Songbook : 9780193385894

Henry Purcell : Te Deum and Jubilate Deo in D

Written for St Cecilia's Day 1694, Purcell's popular Te Deum and Jubilate in D was the first work of its kind to be scored for orchestra, and it became the model for future settings of the text by Blow, Croft, and Handel. This new edition by Robert King has been prepared using the earliest available source material, combining up-to-date scholarship with a clear and practical layout. The edition includes an organ reduction for rehearsal purposes.

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Voicing: SSATB | 40563b | Songbook | $9.50


Various : English Choral Tradition Vol 3 - Taverner To Purcell : Songbook : 50236560

Various : English Choral Tradition Vol 3 - Taverner To Purcell

Ten assorted Madrigals and Anthems from the Renaissance and Early Baroque era.

Songlist: The Silver Swan, When David Heard, I am Christus Astra, Fine Knack for Ladies, Lo She Flies, Come Shepherd Swains, Weep, O Mine Eyes, O God the King of Glory, Lord in Thy Rage, Young Cupid

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4542b | Songbook | $4.95


Individual Folios

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Anthem of Joy : SATB : Patrick M. Liebergen : Henry Purcell : Songbook : 00284669 : 888680853709

Patrick M. Liebergen : Anthem of Joynew

This lesser-known Masterwork is refashioned for optimal flexibility in a joyful offering. Alive with an exuberant classical style, the octavo includes a dual text for both Palm Sunday and Easter celebrations. Ideal as a call to worship, traditional churches will enjoy presenting this anthem with the trumpet obbligato for a special festive touch.

Arranger: Patrick M. Liebergen | Composer: Henry Purcell

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.25 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00284669


Come, Ye Sons of Art : 2-Part : Emily Crocker : Henry Purcell : Sheet Music : 08551354 : 073999172621

Emily Crocker : Come, Ye Sons of Art

From the Birthday Ode for Queen Mary in 1694, this short, tuneful anthem is great for concert and contest with younger and developing choirs. Available: 2-Part, 3-Part Mixed. Performance Time: Approx. 1:30.

Arranger: Emily Crocker | Composer: Henry Purcell

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $2.10 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08551354


Come, Ye Sons of Art : 3-Part : Emily Crocker : Henry Purcell : Sheet Music : 08551355 : 073999204117

Emily Crocker : Come, Ye Sons of Art

From the Birthday Ode for Queen Mary in 1694, this short, tuneful anthem is great for concert and contest with younger and developing choirs. Available: 2-Part, 3-Part Mixed. Performance Time: Approx. 1:30.

Arranger: Emily Crocker | Composer: Henry Purcell

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Voicing: 3-Part | Sheet Music | $1.80 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08551355


Come, Ye Sons of Art : 3-Part Mixed : Greg Gilpin : Henry Purcell : Sheet Music : 35032503 : 888680892517 : 1540039544

Greg Gilpin : Come, Ye Sons of Art

This stately and elegant setting of Purcell's work from Birthday Ode for Queen Mary is adapted specifically for younger voices and developing choirs including men's ensembles. Set in the key of G and using the opening symphony music in 4/4 as an introduction, the ranges are perfect for young ages and the joyful and spirited arrangement is terrific as an opening number for concert or contest.

Arranger: Greg Gilpin | Composer: Henry Purcell

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Voicing: 3-Part Mixed | Sheet Music | $2.10 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 35032503


Come, Ye Sons of Art : 2-Part : Greg Gilpin : Henry Purcell : Sheet Music : 35032504 : 888680892524 : 1540039552

Greg Gilpin : Come, Ye Sons of Art

This stately and elegant setting of Purcell's work from Birthday Ode for Queen Mary is adapted specifically for younger voices and developing choirs including men's ensembles. Set in the key of G and using the opening symphony music in 4/4 as an introduction, the ranges are perfect for young ages and the joyful and spirited arrangement is terrific as an opening number for concert or contest.

Arranger: Greg Gilpin | Composer: Henry Purcell

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $2.10 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 35032504


Come, Ye Sons of Art : TB : Greg Gilpin : Henry Purcell : Sheet Music : 35032505 : 888680892531 : 1540039560

Greg Gilpin : Come, Ye Sons of Art

This stately and elegant setting of Purcell's work from Birthday Ode for Queen Mary is adapted specifically for younger voices and developing choirs including men's ensembles. Set in the key of G and using the opening symphony music in 4/4 as an introduction, the ranges are perfect for young ages and the joyful and spirited arrangement is terrific as an opening number for concert or contest.

Arranger: Greg Gilpin | Composer: Henry Purcell

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Voicing: TB | Sheet Music | $2.10 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 35032505


Good People, Be Ye Glad : SATB : Greg Gilpin : Henry Purcell : Sheet Music : 35029372 : 884088956721 : 1480361631

Greg Gilpin : Good People, Be Ye Glad

New words and original music add to the melody from Henry Purcell's spirited Sing for Joy to create a perfect opening holiday choral work. Unison singing introduces the melody, which develops into homophonic parts. A bridge of original music adds newness to the original. The optional trumpet and bells add texture to help make this sparkle for the season.

Arranger: Greg Gilpin | Composer: Henry Purcell

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 35029372


Good People, Be Ye Glad : SAB : Greg Gilpin : Henry Purcell : Sheet Music : 35029373 : 884088956738 : 148036164X

Greg Gilpin : Good People, Be Ye Glad

New words and original music add to the melody from Henry Purcell's spirited Sing for Joy to create a perfect opening holiday choral work. Unison singing introduces the melody, which develops into homophonic parts. A bridge of original music adds newness to the Purcell melody. The optional trumpet and bells add texture to help make this sparkle for the season.

Arranger: Greg Gilpin | Composer: Henry Purcell

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 35029373


Good People, Be Ye Glad : 2-Part : Greg Gilpin : Henry Purcell : Sheet Music : 35029374 : 884088956745 : 1480361658

Greg Gilpin : Good People, Be Ye Glad

New words and original music add to the melody from Henry Purcell's spirited Sing for Joy to create a perfect opening holiday choral work. Unison singing introduces the melody, which develops into homophonic parts. A bridge of original music adds newness to the original. The optional trumpet and bells add texture to help make this sparkle for the season.

Arranger: Greg Gilpin | Composer: Henry Purcell

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 35029374


In These Delightful, Pleasant Groves : SATB : John Leavitt : Henry Purcell : Sheet Music : 08596796 : 884088544584

John Leavitt : In These Delightful, Pleasant Groves

Madrigal groups, chamber and concert choirs will delight in this well-edited edition of the Henry Purcell madrigal marked by dancing contrapuntal sections and thrilling homophonic sections. Duration: ca. 1:35.

Arranger: John Leavitt | Composer: Henry Purcell

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.80 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08596796


Let Us Sing : SA : Melissa Malvar-Keylock : Henry Purcell : Sheet Music : 00258018 : 888680724900

Melissa Malvar-Keylock : Let Us Sing

Composed originally for solo soprano and figured bass, this new arrangement offers a counter melody to the second verse. All voices join together for a strong, unison final verse.

Arranger: Melissa Malvar-Keylock | Composer: Henry Purcell

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Voicing: SA | Sheet Music | $2.10 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00258018


Let Voice and Instrument Joyfully Sound! : 3-Part : Patrick Liebergen : Henry Purcell : Sheet Music : 08552368 : 884088627362

Patrick Liebergen : Let Voice and Instrument Joyfully Sound!

Introduce your younger choirs to Baroque style with this short and festive selection adapted from a larger work by English composer Henry Purcell. Featuring a pair of flutes, the rhythmic exuberance of the piece will be a welcome addition to concert, contest and festival performances throughout your year! Flute 1-2 parts included. Available separately: 3-Part Mixed, 2-Part, VoiceTrax CD. Duration: ca. 1:40

Arranger: Patrick Liebergen | Composer: Henry Purcell

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Voicing: 3-Part | Sheet Music | $1.80 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08552368 | Voicetrax CD Available


Let Voice and Instrument Joyfully Sound! : 2-Part : Patrick Liebergen : Henry Purcell : Sheet Music : 08552369 : 884088627379

Patrick Liebergen : Let Voice and Instrument Joyfully Sound!

Introduce your younger choirs to Baroque style with this short and festive selection adapted from a larger work by English composer Henry Purcell. Featuring a pair of flutes, the rhythmic exuberance of the piece will be a welcome addition to concert, contest and festival performances throughout your year! Flute 1-2 parts included. Available separately: 3-Part Mixed, 2-Part, VoiceTrax CD. Duration: ca. 1:40

Arranger: Patrick Liebergen | Composer: Henry Purcell

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $1.80 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08552369 | Voicetrax CD Available


Nymphs and Shepherds, Come Away : SAB : Earlene Rentz : Henry Purcell : Rent : Sheet Music : 35027555 : 884088524173

Earlene Rentz : Nymphs and Shepherds, Come Away

This dance-like Henry Purcell tune from the Baroque period is frequently sung in solo performance in association with praise of Flora, the goddess of spring and flowers. Earlene has created a delightful choral for young or beginning choirs and adapted the lyric to fit a theme of musical celebration. A rehearsal prep sheet is included with the choral. A wonderful selection for concert/festival and contest. Available separately: 3-Part Mixed, PianoTrax CD (35027473). Duration: ca. 2:08.

Arranger: Earlene Rentz | Composer: Henry Purcell | Musical: Rent

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 35027555


Ode to Purcell : SATB : Dominick DiOrio : Henry Purcell : Sheet Music : 48023054 : 884088960759

Dominick DiOrio : Ode to Purcell

One of the fresh young voices among American composers, Dominick DiOrio pulls apart Henry Purcell's song Thou Knowest, Lord, The Secrets of Our Hearts and weaves in his own original music to the Gerard Manley Hopkins poem Henry Purcell. Together, with Hopkins text and Purcells music, we are given a fresh context with which to examine both of these men and their artistic voices. For advanced choirs. Duration: ca. 5 minutes.

Arranger: Dominick DiOrio | Composer: Henry Purcell

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $3.00 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48023054


Praise the Lord, O My Soul; O Lord My God : SATB : Henry Purcell : Henry Purcell : Sheet Music : 14047970 : 888680642877

Henry Purcell : Praise the Lord, O My Soul; O Lord My God

Praise the Lord, O My Soul; O Lord My God is an anthem by Henry Purcell for SATB choir, strings and keyboard. Taken from the Purcell Society Edition Volume 17: Sacred Music Part III, this work has been edited by Lionel Pike and lasts around 20 minutes.

Composer: Henry Purcell

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.95 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 14047970


Sing for Joy : SAB : Hal Hopson : Henry Purcell : Sheet Music : 43319010 : 073999239782

Hal Hopson : Sing for Joy

From Come, Ye Sons of Art. Hal Hopson's name is synonymous with quality arrangements. His articulate editions are simple, practical and imaginative. Available: SAB.

Arranger: Hal Hopson | Composer: Henry Purcell

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $1.90 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 43319010


Sing Now with Joy : 3-Part : Audrey Snyder : Henry Purcell : Sheet Music : 08552304 : 884088547295

Audrey Snyder : Sing Now with Joy

Adapted from Henry Purcell's Come Ye Sons of Art, this short tuneful setting is ideal for younger and developing choirs especially for contest and festival performances. Available separately: 3-Part Mixed, VoiceTrax CD. Duration: ca. 1:20.

Arranger: Audrey Snyder | Composer: Henry Purcell

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Voicing: 3-Part | Sheet Music | $1.80 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08552304 | Voicetrax CD Available


Sound the Trumpet : 2-Part : Steven Rickards : Henry Purcell : Sheet Music : 00261249 : 888680727376

Steven Rickards : Sound the Trumpet

This classic Baroque duet was originally written for two counter-tenors. In this beautifully realized edition it can be sung by any combination of two voices as a duet or by any two part choir. The realized keyboard along with suggested ornamentations create an authentic musical experience.

Arranger: Steven Rickards | Composer: Henry Purcell

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $2.10 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00261249

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