Voluntary on Old Hundreth

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Henry Purcell

Henry Purcell (trans. James Curnow)

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The underlying Purcell organ work bears the designation Z.721.

General Info

Year: / 2000
Duration: c. 2:40
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Organ
Publisher: Curnow Music Press, through Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $64.00   |   Score Only (print) - $13.00


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In Score and Parts:

  • The last word of the title is spelled Hundreth in the score and parts. It is correctly spelled Hundredth.

Program Notes

Henry Purcell's epitaph in the Westminster Abbey reads “Here lyes Henry Purcell Esqre, who left this Lyfe and is gone to that Blessed Place where only his Harmony can be exceeded.” Delightfully characteristic Baroque counterpoint and harmonies form a great style study while being a wonderful performance piece. Sostenuto passages, a controlled playing style, superb counterpoint, terraced dynamics and good activity for each wind section make this a great “middle” piece.

- Program Note adapted from publisher

Old 100th is also known as The Doxology. A doxology is a short hymn of praises to God in various forms of Christian worship, often added to the end of canticles, psalms, and hymns. The tradition derives from a similar practice in the Jewish synagogue, where some version of the Kaddish serves to terminate each section of the service.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

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