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ORPHEUS BRITANNICUS

Musick for a While


FROM

Oedipus, 1692
Z583/2
COMPOSD

By Mr. Henry Purcell


FOR

Soprano
AND

A THROUGH-BASS
Copyright William F. Long, MMVIII

"Musick for a while"


from Orpheus Britannicus
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"Musick for a while" is from the incidental music to Oedipus. It is on page 126 of Book II of Orpheus
Britannicus. The original key is C minor, here transposed down to A minor. The bass is unfigured in
Orpheus. There is a continuo realization for keyboard, and realizations for guitar and baroque guitar. The
baroque guitar part was written for a five course instrument with diapasons on the 4th and 5th string.
In Greek mythology, Alecto was one of the furies, a goddess whose job is the castigation of those guilty of
moral crimes. She had snakes for hair, dogs' head, bats' wings, and blood dripped from her eyes. She wields
a studded whip. In Dryden's poem, the ext for this song, music calms Alecto until she drops her whip and
the snakes fall from her head.

William F. Long, 2014


Reproduction for non-commercial purposes permitted.

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from Orpheus Britannicus
John Dryden

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Reproduction for non-commercial purposes permitted.

"Musick for a while"


from Orpheus Britannicus
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Reproduction for non-commercial purposes permitted.

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"Musick for a while"


from Orpheus Britannicus

John Dryden

Henry Purcell

&c

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Reproduction for non-commercial purposes permitted.

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from Orpheus Britannicus

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Reproduction for non-commercial purposes permitted.

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