Hail, bright Cecilia, Z 328 (Henry Purcell)

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  • (Posted 2017-04-13)   CPDL #44033:   
Editor: David Cameron (submitted 2017-04-13).   Score information: Letter, 49 pages, 1.26 MB   Copyright: CC BY NC SA
Edition notes: Harpsichord continuo realization to match Full Score CPDL #44025
  • (Posted 2017-04-13)   CPDL #44030:   
Editor: David Cameron (submitted 2017-04-13).   Score information: Letter, 89 pages, 2.27 MB   Copyright: CC BY NC SA
Edition notes: Choruses only with piano reduction of orchestral accompaniment
  • (Posted 2017-04-13)   CPDL #44028:   
Editor: David Cameron (submitted 2017-04-13).   Score information: Letter, 87 pages, 2 MB   Copyright: CC BY NC SA
Edition notes: Complete vocal score to match Full Score CPDL #44025. Piano reduction of accompaniment.
  • (Posted 2017-04-13)   CPDL #44027:   
Editor: David Cameron (submitted 2017-04-13).   Score information: Letter, 164 pages, 7.19 MB   Copyright: CC BY NC SA
Edition notes: All parts in one file, Violins 1 & 2, Viola, Cello/Bass, Bassoon, Trumpets 1 & 2 (in either B flat or D), Timpani, Flutes (Recorders) 1 & 2, Oboes 1 & 2
  • (Posted 2017-04-13)   CPDL #44025:   
Editor: David Cameron (submitted 2017-04-13).   Score information: Letter, 194 pages, 2.97 MB   Copyright: CC BY NC SA
Edition notes: Edition based on 1848 version edited by Edward F. Rimbault, with added continuo realization and editorial notes. Vocal Score, Choir Part, instrumental parts, and separate harpsichord part available separately on this page.

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#3 Hark! each tree its silence breaks

  • CPDL #11327:  Network.png
Editor: William Long (submitted 2006-03-24).   Score information: Letter, 16 pages, 124 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Solo AT

#4 "Tis Nature's Voice

  • (Posted 2017-07-18)   CPDL #45497:        (Finale 2014)
Editor: Wim Looyestijn (submitted 2017-07-18).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 312 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original key in F for solo Altus (or bass); sung by Purcell himself at St. Caecilia's Feast 1692.
MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2017-07-18)   CPDL #45498:   
Editor: Wim Looyestijn (submitted 2017-07-18).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 310 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:Version in Bes for medium voice.
  • (Posted 2017-07-18)   CPDL #45499:   
Editor: Wim Looyestijn (submitted 2017-07-18).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 310 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Version in D for high voice.

#6 Thou tun'st this world below Soprano solo

  • CPDL #21024:  Network.png
Editor: William Long (submitted 2010-02-15).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 564 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: The version in Orpheus Britannicus is in g minor, opening with a symphony for two oboes. This version is in d minor with the symphony arranged for two treble recorders. Includes solo and instrumental parts as well as full score.

#10 In vain the amorous flute

  • CPDL #16392:  Network.png
Editor: William Long (submitted 2008-03-19).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 120 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Version for Solo SS with optional alto recorders and continuo.
  • CPDL #03043:       
Editor: Bernard Delhez (submitted 2001-10-12).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 178 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Full score.

General Information

Title: Hail, bright Cecilia Z. 328
Composer: Henry Purcell
Lyricist: Nicholas Brady

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularCantataOde for St. Cecilia's Day 1692

Language: English
Instruments: Orchestra

First published: 1692
  2nd published: 1706 in Orpheus Britannicus (Henry Purcell), p. 256
Description: Also known as "Ode to St. Cecilia". Although much of the Ode is for SATB and soli, there is divisi to SSAATB in No. 13

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Original text and translations

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#3
Hark! hark! each Tree its silence breaks;
the Box and Firr to talk begin;
Hark! this in the sprightly Violin,
That in the Flute distinctly speaks;
This in the Sprightly Violin distinctly speaks;
'Twas Sympathy their list'ning Brethren drew;
When to the Thracian Lyre with leafy wings they flew.

#4
"Tis Natures voice, thro' all the moving wood,
of creatures understood:
the universal tongue, to none
of all her num'rous race unknown.
From her it learnt the mighty art,
to court the ear, or strike the heart;
at once the passions to express and move;
we hear, and straight we grieve or hate; rejoice or love.
In unseen chains it does the fancy bind,
at once it charms the sense and captivates the mind.

#6
Thou Tun'st this World below, the Sphears above,
who in the Heav'nly round to their own Musick move.

#10
In vain the am'rous flute and soft guitar,
jointly labour to inspire
wanton heart and loose desire,
whilst thy chaste airs do gently move,
seraphic flames and heav'nly love.