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Purcell Studies


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Curtis Price, Robert Thompson, Robert Shay, Rebecca Herissone, Peter Holman, Bruce Wood, Ian Spink, Martin Adams, A. Margaret Laurie, Katherine Rohrer, Andrew Pinnock, Ellen T. Harris, Janet Snowman
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  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521032735

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  • The tercentenary of Henry Purcell's death fell in 1995, and this 1995 volume of specially commissioned essays was collected to celebrate Purcell's music in his tercentenary year. The essays are representative of the best research and deal mainly with the autograph manuscripts, Purcell's compositional technique, the relationship between Purcell and his teacher John Blow, a reassessment of Purcell court odes, performance practice and wordsetting, and eighteenth-century reception history, particularly regarding King Arthur. The volume is well illustrated with music examples and photographs of important manuscripts. It also analyses Purcell's compositional techniques through detailed study of his manuscripts and reports on the discovery of two important autograph manuscripts. The book opens with an assessment of Purcell's illusive personality.

    • Published to commemorate the tercentenary of Purcell's death in 1995
    • The best of modern scholarship on one of Britain's greatest composers
    • Contains the first written reports on the discovery of new Purcell manuscripts
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… rich in specialist debate and musical extracts.' The Spectator

    'Curtis Price is to be congratulated on seeing the book through to successful fruition, as well as on the care which went into its planning. It gives scholars and students plenty to think about.' Consort

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521032735
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.483kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus. 11 tables 82 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Introduction: in search of Purcell's character Curtis Price
    1. Purcell's great autographs Robert Thompson
    2. Purcell as collector of 'ancient' music: Fitzwilliam MS 88 Robert Shay
    3. Purcell's revisions of his own works Rebecca Herissone
    4. New light on Purcell's keyboard music Curtis Price
    5. Purcell and Roseingrave: a new autograph Peter Holman
    6. 'Only Purcell e're shall equal Blow' Bruce Wood
    7. Purcell's odes: propaganda and panegyric Ian Spink
    8. Purcell, Blow and the English court ode Martin Adams
    9. Continuity and tempo in Purcell's vocal works A. Margaret Laurie
    10. Poetic metre, musical metre and the dance in Purcell's songs Katherine Rohrer
    11. King Arthur expos'd: a lesson in anatomy Andrew Pinnock
    12. King Arthur's journey into the eighteenth-century Ellen T. Harris
    Afterword: a portrait of Henry Purcell Janet Snowman

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    Curtis Price, Royal Academy of Music, London


    Curtis Price, Robert Thompson, Robert Shay, Rebecca Herissone, Peter Holman, Bruce Wood, Ian Spink, Martin Adams, A. Margaret Laurie, Katherine Rohrer, Andrew Pinnock, Ellen T. Harris, Janet Snowman

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