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Orpheus Britannicus. A Collection of all The Choicest Songs. For One, Two, and Three Voices... Together With such Symphonies for Violins or Flutes, As were by Him design'd for any of them: And A Thorough-Bass to each Song; Figur'd for the Organ, Harpsichord, or Theorbo-Lute. The Second Edition with Large Additions; and placed in their several Keys according to the Order of the Gamut. Bound with: Orpheus Britannicus... The Second Book, which renders the First Complete. The Second Edition, with large Additions
London: Printed by William Pearson, and Sold by John Young, 1712. Volume I: Zimmerman 1706a. BUC p. 859. RISM P5980. Volume II: Zimmerman 1712a. BUC p. 859. RISM P5985. "Purcell was a prolific contributor to all the main genres of secular vocal music current in 17th-century England. He has always been particularly admired as a song composer. Generations of English musicians got to know his music from the two posthumous song volumes Orpheus Britannicus ... and Henry Playford wrote in the preface to the first volume that he had 'a peculiar Genius to express the energy of English Words, whereby he mov'd the Passions of all his Auditors', while Henry Hall added in a poem that he 'Each Syllable first weigh'd, or short, or long, / That it might too be Sense, as well as Song'." Peter Holman et al in Grove Music Online.. Folio. Two volumes bound in one. Full 18th century dark tan calf, spine in decorative compartments gilt, dark red leather title label gilt. Volume I: 1f. (recto blank, verso frontispiece portrait of Purcell in facsimile), 1f. (recto title printed in red and black, verso blank), vi (dedication, address to the reader from the publisher, text to odes on the death of Purcell), 1f. (recto "A Catalogue of Books Sold by John Cullen," verso "A Table of the Songs"), 1f. (verse written "On the Death of the late Famous Mr. Henry Purcell" signed "R.G." together with verses to the publisher Henry Playford), 286 pp. With numerous early manuscript additions and corrections. Volume II: 1f. (recto title printed in red and black, verso blank), 1f. (recto address to Charles, Lord Hallifax, verso "A Table of the Songs"), 32, 35-204 pp. (pp. 33/34 were never printed). Front free endpaper signed by [Sir] Thomas Armstrong (1898-1994), English organist, conductor, and composer, and Robert Spencer (1932-1997), English lutenist, guitarist, and singer. Binding worn and rubbed; corners bumped; some chips, cracks, and abrasions; upper detached; front free endpaper browned. Volume I: Minor to moderate foxing and browning; front free endpaper, facsimile portrait, and title detached; repair to upper outer corner of title and following leaf; pp. 173-174 shaved at outer margin by binder. Volume II: Browning to last nine leaves. Some mispagination: the leaf containing the verses to Purcell and Playford should be bound before the first page of music; pp. 101-100 mispaginated 140-141.
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