Orpheus Britannicus (Henry Purcell)
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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Works available on CPDL
- 1698, p. 6 If Musick be the food of Love
- 1698, p. 45 For Love ev'ry Creature is form'd
- 1698, p. 208 And in each track of glory
- 1698, p. 227 Here the deities approve
- 1702, p. 18 Hark! The echoing air a triumph sings
- 1702, p. 46 What can we poor Females do?
- 1706, p. 234 Nymphs and Shepherds come away
- 1706, p. 236 Shepherd, leave decoying
- 1706, p. 256 Thou tun'st this World below
Works at CPDL
|And in each track of glory, Z 333/5||1690||208||Secular||Arias||2||Solo SB|
|For love ev'ry creature is form'd, Z 628/30a||1691||45||Secular||Arias||2||SB|
|Here the deities approve, Z 339/3||1683||227||Secular||Arias||1||Solo Soprano|
|If music be the food of love, Z 379||1698||6||Secular||Arias||1||Solo Soprano|