King Arthur, Z 628 (Henry Purcell)

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Modern engraving of the 1843 edition.
Characters, instrument names and table of contents in French. See the Readme file in the sources if you prefer another language.

  • CPDL #24338:    (MIDI) (LilyPond)
Editor: Jean-Charles Malahieude (submitted 2012-10-14).   Score information: A4, 147 pages, 2.05 MB   Copyright: CC BY
Edition notes: Conductor's score. Ready to print recto-verso (twosided).
  • CPDL #24339:    (MIDI) (LilyPond)
Editor: Jean-Charles Malahieude (submitted 2012-10-14).   Score information: A4, 91 pages, 1.45 MB   Copyright: CC BY
Edition notes: Vocal score with keyboard reduction of violins and continuo. Ready to print recto-verso (twosided).
  • CPDL #24340:  (PDF) (MIDI) (LilyPond)
Editor: Jean-Charles Malahieude (submitted 2012-10-14).   Score information: A4, 4.71 MB   Copyright: CC BY
Edition notes: Set of instrumental parts: trumpets, oboes, flutes, violin 1, violin 2, violins (1 and 2 combined), viola, drums, cello, cello with figured bass, continuo. Ready to print recto-verso (twosided).
The continuo part contains a reduction of strings, a reduction of the choir (with lyrics when solo), and an extra blank stave.
  • CPDL #24669:    (MIDI) (LilyPond)
Editor: Jean-Charles Malahieude (submitted 2012-10-14).   Score information: A4, 177 pages, 2.25 MB   Copyright: CC BY
Edition notes: Urtext version, including an introduction by E. Taylor, Dedication by J. Dryden, and the complete libretto with spoken texts). Ready to print recto-verso (twosided).

Ouverture

  • CPDL #19811:   
Editor: Joachim Kelecom (submitted 2009-07-20).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 135 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Instrumental piece

Act I

part 1 (We have sacrific'd)

  • CPDL #19787:   
Editor: Joachim Kelecom (submitted 2009-07-18).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 155 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Full score - continuo realised by the editor.

part 2 (To Woden thanks we render)

  • CPDL #19812:   
Editor: Joachim Kelecom (submitted 2009-07-20).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 118 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Full score - continuo realised by the editor.

part 3 (Brave souls, to be renown'd)

  • CPDL #20483:   
Editor: Joachim Kelecom (submitted 2009-11-11).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 123 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Full score - continuo realised by the editor.

Act V

Fairest Isle

  • CPDL #22997:   
Editor: Shaun Pirttijarvi (submitted 2011-01-13).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 50 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The song is transposed down a minor third into G major, making it suitable for younger singers. Please email me if you require a transposition.
  • CPDL #19363:  Network.png PDF, Midi & Overture
Editor: John Kilpatrick (submitted 2009-05-01).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 36 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: A cappella arrangement: Verse 1 solo S with textless ATB accompaniment after Purcell's ritornello for strings; Verse 2 SATB following S. Brosig ed. CPDL #4361
  • CPDL #16906:  Network.png
Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2008-06-11).   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.
This arrangement was published in "a supplement… of some favourite pieces composed by old, and approved masters (to which, he hath added parts, for the sake of enriching the harmony)" by William Hayes in 1765, and was dedicated by him to the "worthy members of the Catch-Club, or Phil-Harmonic Society, at the King's-Head Tavern in Oxford". TTB
  • CPDL #04352:  Network.png
Editor: Sebastian Brosig (submitted 2002-12-14).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 46 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: arr. SATB; AT are editorial

General Information

Title: King Arthur
Composer: Henry Purcell

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularOpera

Language: English
Instruments: 2 trumpets, 2 oboes/recorders, 2 Violins, Viola and Basso continuo

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Description:

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Original text and translations

The sung parts of the text.

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Act V
1.
Fairest Isle, all isles excelling.
Seat of pleasure and of love,
Venus here will choose her dwelling,
And forsake her Cyprian grove.
Cupid from his fav'rite nation,
Care and energy will remove;
Jealousy that poisnous passion,
And despair that dies for love.

2.
Gentle murmers sweet complaining,
Sighs that blow the fire of love,
Soft repulses, kind distaining,
Shall be all the pains you prove.
Ev'ry swain shall pay his duty,
Grateful ev'ry nymph shall prove;
And as these excel in beauty,
Those shall be renowned for love.