Henry Purcell (1659–1695) Ode on St. Cecilia's Day 1692 Z 328
“Hail! Bright Cecilia” edited by Christopher Hogwood [solos,ch,orch] Duration: 60'
solos: SAATBB - choir: SSAATB - 2rec.B-fl.2.0.0. - 0.2.0.0. - timp - str - bc
St. Cecilia’s Day is on 22 November and was also celebrated in the 17th and 18th centuries as a “holiday of music” with concerts, church services and specially composed works.
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The Ode was admirably set by Mr. Henry Purcell, and performed twice with universal applause.
(The Gentlemens Journal, 1692)
The popularity of Purcells setting is apparent from the many sources that survive and from the printed extracts which appeared almost immediately after its first performance. The primary source for this edition is the largely autograph manuscript in the Bodleian Library. Rather to reduce the orthography to a norm, the capitalization of the vocal text favours Purcells preferences.