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Phrygian Verse



 Genre: Baroque

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Composed by Henry Purcell for organ.
Here I arranged it for brass ensemble.
Acoustics of the Ulm Munster/Cathedral nave, Germany with Space Designer
Photograph: Westminster Abbey nave

Dedicated to Drakonis

Henry Purcell born 1659, died Westminster, 21 November 1695

He was a chorister in the Chapel Royal until his voice broke in 1673, and he was then made assistant to John Hingeston, whom he succeeded as organ maker and keeper of the King's instruments in 1683. In 1677 he was appointed composer-in-ordinary for the King's violins and in 1679 succeeded his teacher, Blow, as organist of Westminster Abbey. It was probably in 1680 or 1681 that he married. From that time he began writing music for the theatre. In 1682 he was appointed an organist of the Chapel Royal. His court appointments were renewed by James II in 1685 and by William III in 1689, and on each occasion he had the duty of providing a second organ for the coronation. The last royal occasion for which he provided music was Queen Mary's funeral in 1695. Before the year ended Purcell himself was dead; he was buried in Westminster Abbey on 26 November 1695.
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drakonis said 3836 days ago (April 14th, 2009)
Smiling through Purcell lips
What a wonderful thoughtful dedication, ah, Purcell. And this seems to work quite well as a piece for brass, well done... of course it helps to have your dextrous touch at the tricky brass samples. This sounds rich and warm, and the "Space Designer" reverb doesn't muddy it. So did you drop a register down an octave so you didn't have to score for a piccolo trumpet? :-) The low brass especially sound wonderful here. I had the pleasure of touring Westminster Abbey in High School, and was in awe, amazing architecture and acoustics, and I now learn that Isaac Newton has a great composer to keep him company there.
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Feter said 3835 days ago (April 14th, 2009)
Phrygian Verse
Just a gem ...I cant thank you for such wonderful work ...of my fav composer
authentic sound ...thnx alot for the gem !!!!
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LunaTrick said 3835 days ago (April 14th, 2009)
Very well done..
I'm a big fan of this period of English music - so this is a treat - and a fitting dedication to our good friend, Eduard!
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particledots said 3835 days ago (April 15th, 2009)
I love Purcell
Are you familiar with Michael Nyman's exploration of Purcell related themes in his music?

Great stuff

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MidiOrleans said 3835 days ago (April 15th, 2009)
Need to look this up. Thanks!
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kassia said 3835 days ago (April 15th, 2009)
the acoustics from the space designer are amazing. and like eduard said - not muddy at all. excellent arrangement for brass. i really enjoy purcell and this is a beautiful piece. i LOVE those last hanging notes. very well done.
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Bowman said 3835 days ago (April 15th, 2009)
Henry and Scotty.
About as good as it gets.
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richard13 said 3835 days ago (April 15th, 2009)
Hear! Hear!
This is very well done - I can tell, even though I only listened through cheap computer monitors - and I bet it would sound fabulous through good speakers. Gorgeous, Scotty.
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Ibstrat said 3835 days ago (April 15th, 2009)
must take a lot of work to do something like this.Beautiful job on a fantastic piece!
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Elevator_Funk said 3834 days ago (April 16th, 2009)
i always love your posts...
always something good that I've never heard of and some great musical knowledge to go along with it. Did you know I never heard of Satie before hearing one of your earlier posts? Thanks for posting.
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Roxylee said 3834 days ago (April 16th, 2009)
I wish
that I could do music like this. This piece makes me feel a lot. It is regal, yet somber. I love the brass you added. Thank you for the song info.:-)
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guitapick said 3834 days ago (April 16th, 2009)
Great sound, Scotty...
...and very well played...
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thetiler said 3833 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
Always a nice upload
that you constantly do!

Truly one of the best artists on this site and one of the most valuable in quality and high orchestral artistry !

I love listening to this type of style. Has such dignity and majesty !

Way to go ! Like how you deliver the goods in great classical enjoyment !
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composerclark said 3832 days ago (April 18th, 2009)
It's lovely. I think it's great that you dig up compositions that are often not well-known, and do them credit with your MIDI realizations.

For Eduard: Handel and Ralph Vaughan Williams are also buried at Westminster Abbey.

Purcell composed one of the most beautiful songs ever written: Dido's Lament ("When I am laid in earth") from Dido and Aeneas.
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