Purcell, Henry: Three Occasional Odes
Edited Bruce Wood
First published in 2008
Dimensions (mm): 303 x 213 x 17
In addition to Celestial music and Great Parent, hail!, formerly in Miscellaneous Odes and Cantatas which is now replaced by PE27 Symphony Songs, PE1 contains The Yorkshire Feast Song, Of old, when heroes thought it base, which was the inaugural volume of the series, published in 1878 and edited by a founder-member of the society, W. H. Cummings. The first English score with full Baroque instrumentation, including trumpets and oboes, it is a consummate display of orchestral mastery, and represents the composer’s first response to Giovanni Battista Draghi’s 1687 setting of Dryden’s Cecilian Ode From Harmony.
Celestial music did the gods inspire
Great parent, hail!
Of old, when heroes thought it base (The Yorkshire Feast Song)