Orpheus Britannicus (Henry Purcell)

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Title: A Collection of all the Choicest SONGS for One, Two and Three Voices Compos'd By Mr. Henry Purcell

Composer: Henry Purcell
Publication date and place: 1698 and 1702


Orpheus Britannicus is a collection of songs by Henry Purcell, published posthumously in London in two volumes, the first in 1698 and the second in 1702.

The first publication of a section of Purcell's opera Dido and Aeneas was the air "Ah! Belinda" in Orpheus Britannicus, transposed up one step, from C to D.

Benjamin Britten, working with Peter Pears, realized and edited a number of songs from Orpheus Britannicus for both solo singer with piano and solo singer with orchestra.

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