Henry Purcell (16591695)

Three Songs with Flutes

for voice, two recorders and Basso continuo (Basso continuo realised)
from Orpheus Britannicus

für: Singstimme (Sopran), 2 Blockflöten, Basso continuo

Partitur, Stimmen

Autor/KomponistHenry Purcell
Verlag/HerstellerGreen Man Press
Hersteller-Nr.PUR 20
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Charon: this song marks Dioclesian’s killing the villain Aper (the Boar), as prophesied by Delphia the prophetess. The song strangely implies that the Boar is nevertheless to be granted proper funerary observance.

The Yorkshire Feast of 1690 had to be postponed because of the change in the Monarchy. James II had recently fled the country and William and Mary were crowned as joint monarchs. Thomas D’Urfey’s words convey this upturn in events with appropriate loyal sentiments.

“Why, why shou’d men quarrel?” comes from the prologue to The Indian Queen, which was, unusually, set to music rather than being spoken. It is part of a dialogue between two Indians referring to the possibility of conflict between the Aztec and the Inca world.


  • Charon the peaceful Shade
  • The bashful Thames
  • Why why shou'd Men quarrel