King Arthur, Z.628 (Purcell, Henry)

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Sheet Music

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Editor Edward Taylor (1784–1863)
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Overture

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Your Hay it is Mow'd

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4 more: Violins II • Violas • Cellos & Basses • Continuo

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Chaconne (Act V)

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Vocal Scores

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Arranger George Alexander Macfarren (1813-1887), piano reduction
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Overture

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Shepherd, Shepherd Leave Decoying (Act II)

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General Information

Work Title King Arthur, or The British Worthy
Alternative. Title Dramatick opera or semi-opera
Composer Purcell, Henry
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Z.628
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IHP 33
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 5 acts (musical numbers only):
Act I.
  • Scene 1
1. Overture
2. Air
3. Overture (ritornello)
  • Scene 2
4. Woden, first to thee (tenor, bass and chorus)
5. The white horse neigh'd aloud (tenor and alto)
6. The lot is cast, and Tanfan pleas'd (soprano)
7. Brave souls, to be renown'd in story (chorus)
8. I call you all to Woden's hall (alto and chorus)
  • Scene 3
9a. Military Symphony
9b. Come if you dare (tenor and chorus)
Act II.
  • Scene 1
10. Introduction
11. Symphony
12. Hither this way (chorus)
13. Let not a moonborn elf deceive thee (Grimbald)
14. Hither this way (chorus)
15. Come follow me (Philidel and spirits)
  • Scene 2
16. How blest are the shepherds (shepherd and chorus)
17. Shepherd, shepherd, leave decoying (shepherdesses)
18a. Hornpipe
18b. Come, shepherds, lead up a lively measure (shepherds)
  • Scene 4
19. Second Act Tune: Air
Act III.
  • Scene 2
20. Prelude, The Frost Scene
21. What ho! thou genius of this isle (Cold Genius)
22. What Power art thou, who from below... (Cupid)
23. Thou doting fool (Cupid)
24. Great Love, I know thee now (Cold Genius)
25. No part of my dominion shall be waste (Cupid)
26. Prelude
27. See, see, we assemble (chorus of Cold People)
28. 'Tis I that have warm'd ye (Cupid, chorus of Cold People)
29. Sound a parley (Cupid and Cold Genius, chorus)
30. Third Act Tune: Hornpipe
Act IV.
  • Scene 2
31. Two Daughters of this Aged Stream are we (Sirens)
32. Passacaglia
33. How happy the lover (Nymphs and Sylvans)
34. For love every creature (duet and chorus)
35. Fourth Act Tune: Air
Act V.
  • Scene 2
36. Trumpet tune
  • The final masque
37. Ye Blust'ring Brethren of the Skies (Aeolus)
38. Symphony
39. Round thy Coasts, Fair Nymph of Britain (Pan and a Nereid)
40. For Folded Flocks, on Fruitful Plains (Trio)
41. Your hay it is Mow'd, and your Corn is Reap'd (Comus and peasants)
42. Fairest Isle (Venus)
43. You say 'tis love (Duet)
44. Trumpet Tune
45. Saint George, the Patron of our Isle (Honour and chorus)
46. Chaconne
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1691
First Performance. 1691-May or June in London, Queen's Theatre, Dorset Garden
First Publication. 1691
Librettist John Dryden (1631-1700)
Language English
Dedication The Marquis of Halifax
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Baroque
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation voices, mixed chorus, orchestra
Cast
King Arthur (spoken)
Oswald, King of Kent (spoken)
Conon, Duke of Cornwal (spoken)
Merlin, a famous Inchanter (spoken)
Osmond, Saxon Magician (spoken)
Aurelius, Friend to Arthur (spoken)
Albanact, Captain of Arthur's Guards (spoken)
Guillamar, Friend to Oswald (spoken)
Emmeline, Daughter of Conon (spoken)
Matilda, Her Attendant (spoken)
Philidel, an Airy Spirit/Cupid (soprano)
Grimbald, an Earthy Spirit (bass/baritone)
Saxon Priests (bass/baritone, tenor)
Two Valkyries (soprano, alto)
British Warrior (tenor)
Shepherd (tenor)
Cold Genius (bass)
Aeolus (bass)
Nereid (soprano)
Pan (bass)
Venus (soprano)
He (bass)
She (soprano)
Comus (bass)
Honour (soprano)
Mixed Chorus
Shepherds, Shepherdesses, Sirens, Nymphs, Sylvans, Cold People
Orchestra
2 flutes (recorders), 2 oboes, 2 trumpets, drums, strings, continuo
Discography MusicBrainz
Authorities Wikidata
External Links Wikipedia article
1691 libretto