Rondeau from "Abdelazar"

From Wind Repertory Project
Henry Purcell

Henry Purcell (arr. David Farnon)

General Info

Year: 1695 / 1988
Duration: c. 3:15
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Masque
Publisher: G. & M. Brand
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $55.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet/Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Glockenspiel
  • Hand Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Abdelazer was at 17th century masque -- a blend of poetry, dance and instrumental music especially popular at the court of James I of England. Purcell wrote the music in 1695.

This rondeau is a short dance in the masque which would probably have been forgotten had not Benjamin Britten made it popular when he used it as the theme for his Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra.

David Farnon's stylish score expands the original theme and varies it in accordance with 17th century practice.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

  • Louisiana: III
  • Oregon: IV-A
  • Texas: III. Complete


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Symphony Band (Scott Corley, conductor) - 16 March 2023

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Perusal score
  • Purcell, H.; Farnon, D.; Behn, A. (1988). Rondeau from "Abdelazer" [score]. R. Smith: Watford, Eng.