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Harmonia Sacra: or, Divine Hymns and Dialogues: with a Thorough-Bass for the Theorbo-Lute, Bass-Viol, Harpsichord, or Organ. Composed by the Best Masters of the last and Present Age. The Words by several Learned and Pious Persons. The First Book. The 3d. Edition very much Enlarg'd and Corrected; also Four Excellent Anthems of the late Mr. H. Purcell's never before Printed
London: William Pearson, for S.H. and Sold by John Young, 1714. "Viewed as a whole, the contents [of Harmonia Sacra], both as to text and music, reveal a style that can best be described as very 'high church'... Purcell had not only contributed a larger share than anyone else to Harmonia Sacra, book I, but, as Henry Playford stated in a preface..., had taken upon himself the responsibilities of music editor as well." Zimmerman p. 147. "In early July 1693 the second volume of Harmonia Sacra was advertised for sale, contained in which were five of Purcell's finest devotional songs... 'In guilty night' is unique among all Purcell's sacred music: it fits into no single category, combining elements of the devotional song with those of the cantata and the oratorio... "Harmonia Sacra also contained two magnificent settings for solo soprano which demonstrate how Purcell had taken the dramatic, declamatory Italian style and created his own variant, brilliantly colourful yet always aware of every subtlety in the text... Purcell's treatment of Nahum Tate's 'Tell me, some pitying angel'... is one of the greatest examples of Purcell's genius for setting words and capturing changing emotions, and arguable one of the best solo settings in the whole English musical repertoire." King: Henry Purcell, pp. 195-197.. 1f. (recto blank, verso frontispiece in facsimile), 1f. (recto title printed in red and black, verso blank) 1f. (dedication to the Queen by Henry Playford in facsimile, verso blank), 1f. (recto Henry Playford's letter "To the Reader," verso index), 130 pp. With both decorative and historiated woodcut initials throughout. Pp. 1-4 with early manuscript annotations, apparently inserted from another copy. Most of the compositions are by Henry Purcell; other composers represented include John Blow, John Church, Pelham Hymphryes, Matthew Locke, William Turner, and John Weldon. Third edition. Zimmerman p. 505, 1714b. BUC p. 789. RISM BII p. 196 Bound with: Harmonia Sacra... The First [corrected to "Second" in contemporary manuscript] Book. The 3d [corrected to "2" in contemporary manuscript] Edition... London: William Pearson, for S.H. and Sold by John Young, 1714. 1f. (recto title printed in red and black, verso blank), 1f. (recto Henry Playford's letter "To the Reverend Henry Aldrich, d.D. Dean of Christ-Church, and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford," verso poem by "H. Sacheverell, of Magd. Coll. Oxon." addressed "to Dr. John Blow, and Mr. Henry Purcell, upon the First and Second Books of Harmonia Sacra), 1f. (recto with two additional poems, the first addressed to Purcell and signed "T.B.," the second addressed to H[enry] P[layford] and signed "By an unknown Hand.," verso (index and publisher's advertisement), 112 pp. With both decorative and historiated woodcut initials throughout. In addition to Henry Purcell, other composers represented in this volume include John Blow, Giacomo Carissime, Jeremiah Clarke, William Croft, Robert King, and Daniel Purcell. Second edition. Zimmerman p. 505 1714b. BUC p. 789. RISM BII p. 196. The title describes the volume as the third edition of Book I; it is, in fact, the second edition of Book II, with corrections noted in contemporary manuscript. Folio. Half mid-tan calf with leather title label gilt to upper, marbled boards. From the collection of the distinguished lutenist and collector Robert Spencer with his neat signature to upper outer corner of front pastedown and notes to front free endpaper; decorative bookplate of [Colonel] Fraser Grant to front pastedown dated 1880. Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped; rebacked and cornered; hinges cracked. Slightly worn and browned; occasional tears repaired.
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