Baroque on Friday – Purcell

Patrick Ayrton, conductor
Robin Blaze, vocal coach
Students from the Early Music and Vocal department

Henry Purcell
Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem, Z46
“Hail! Bright Cecilia” Z.328 (Ode to St. Cecilia)

Henry Purcell died on 21 November 1695, the eve of the feast day of St. Cecilia. He was only 35 years of age and joined the list of composers who died at a young age, a list that includes Schubert, Mozart and Mendelssohn, all geniuses who made such an unimaginable contribution to our musical heritage in the short time allotted to them.

Ode to St. Cecilia is therefore a nice symbol of this background, which, because of its unusual form tells a lot about the composer’s conscious use of the strength of music. On the one hand, a sort of “young person’s guide to the orchestra of the 17th century”, with beautiful solo parts for instruments. On the other, he makes surprising use of forms of dance and variation. In addition to the spotlighted instruments, the vocal duets and arias are a particular joy to hear. In that respect, the work is an unparalleled ode to fin de siècle music and a majestic opening for his successors, such as Handel, who made grateful use of his predecessor’s work.



Fri 30 November 2018 17.00


Lutherse Kerk, Lutherse Burgwal 7, The Hague

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