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MF3 The Sixteen Choir & Orchestra

Welcome Songs & Coronation Music for King James II

Bath Abbey

The Sixteen has a world-wide following and the fine choral ensemble’s programme of Purcell’s music performed tonight in the glorious setting of Bath’s newly refurbished Abbey promises to be a very special concert indeed.

Henry Purcell (1659–1695) was one of the greatest English composers. His short but productive career spanned more than 100 songs, a tragic opera, works for the Church, Court and stage as well as for private entertainment. King James II ruled from 1685–1688, when his daughter Mary and her husband William of Orange succeeded him, but during James’ brief reign Purcell wrote works for his coronation and other occasions which are set in this fascinating programme within a wider political and artistic context.


Performers & Performances: 

The Sixteen Choir & Orchestra 
Harry Christophers: Conductor

 

All by Purcell: 

  • Overture to The Tempest in G minor Z 631
  • Coronation Anthem – I Was Glad
  • What greater bliss from Welcome Song for King James II (1687) – Sound the trumpet! Beat the drum! Z 335
  • If ever I more riches did desire Z 544
  • Coronation Anthem – My heart is inditing Z 30
  • O sing unto the Lord Z 44
  • While Thirsis, wrapp’d in downy sleep (A Pastoral Coronation Song) Z 437
  • Catch: Full bags, a brisk bottle (No 9) Z 249
  • Why, why are all the muses mute? Welcome song for King James II (1685)

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