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Purcell Ode on St Cecilia

PurcelVocal Scores for Purcell's Odeo on St Cecilia's Day

Ode on St Cecilia's Day was composed to a text by Nicholas Brady by Henry Purcell in 1692 in honour of the feast day of Saint Cecilia, patron saint of musicians.
The most popular vocal scores for Purcell's Ode on St Cecilia's day are shown below.  
 
Rehearsal recordings to help learn your voice part (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass) are described below.
 
Full video version to hear the work in full is also below.
 
 
 
The Novello edition of Purcell's Ode on St Cecilia's Day is in English for SATB
 
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Catalogue Number: NOV072309

ISBN:9780853604846

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"Hail! Bright Cecilia", also known as the Ode to St Cecilia or Ode on St Cecilia's Day, was composed to a text by Nicholas Brady by Henry Purcell in 1692 in honour of the feast day of Saint Cecilia, patron saint of musicians. Annual celebrations of this saint's feast day (November 22) began in 1683, organized by the Musical Society of London, a group of musicians and music lovers. Purcell had already written Cecilian pieces in previous years, but this Ode remains the best known. The first performance was a great success, and received an encore.

In spite of Brady's conceit of the speaking forest (It should be remembered that English organs of the period typically had wooden pipes), Purcell scored the warlike music for two brass trumpets and copper kettle drums instead of fife and (field) drum. The orchestra also includes two recorders (called flutes) with a bass flute, strings and basso continuo.

Purcell is one of several composers who have written music in honour of Cecilia.
 
For further information of Purcell's Ode on St Cecilia's Day, please click here to visit the Wikipedia website
 
 
      
 
 

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