From the Golden Age of English Music (1693 - 1703)

Henry Playford

Harmonia Sacra: or Divine Hymns and Dialogues with A Through-Bass for the Theorbo-Lute, Bass Viol, Harpsichord, or Organ. Composed by the Best Masters of the Last and Present Age. The Words by several Learned and Pious Persons. The first Book. The 2nd Edition very much Enlarged and Corrected; also four Excellent Anthems of the late Mr H. Purcell’s never before Printed. Harmonia Sacra or Divine Hymns and Dialogues with a thorow-bass for the Theorbo-Lute, Bass-Viol, Harpsichord, or Organ. Composed by the Best Masters. The Words by several Learned and Pious Persons. The Second Book. Two Divine Hymns: being a suppliment to the Second Book of Harmoniae Sacra. 1700

Published: William Pearson/Edward Jones

Date: 1693 - 1703

with A Through-Bass for the Theorbo-Lute, Bass Viol, Harpsichord, or Organ. Composed by the Best Masters of the Last and Present Age. The Words by several Learned and Pious Persons. The first Book. The 2nd Edition very much Enlarged and Corrected; also four Excellent Anthems of the late Mr H. Purcell’s never before Printed. Harmonia Sacra or Divine Hymns and Dialogues with a thorow-bass for the Theorbo-Lute, Bass-Viol, Harpsichord, or Organ. Composed by the Best Masters. The Words by several Learned and Pious Persons. The Second Book. Two Divine Hymns: being a suppliment to the Second Book of Harmoniae Sacra. 1700

Bibliography
First Book: ESTC T154450, Second Book: ESTC R231598, Wing P2437

Note
Harmonia Sacra, a collection of sacred music, was first published by Henry Playford in 1688. A second volume was published in 1693 (the first edition of which is offered here). In 1703, a second edition of the first book was published with additions and corrections. This is bound here with the second book, making an attractive collection. The late 17th century was a (some might say, rare) moment of brilliance in English music, the last one before the 20th century and Henry Purcell was its presiding genius. His work dominates this collection but there is music by William Blow and Matthew Locke. The texts are mainly from biblical or liturgical sources but there are settings of poems by Herbert and Cowley. The music here conjures up feelings of spiritual desolation: it is highly charged and bleak but, in the way of English 17th century melancholy, it offers consolation and comfort.

Condition
Very good

£1750

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