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Arise, my muse, Z320
composer
30 April 1690; Ode for Queen mary's Birthday
author of text

Recordings
'Purcell: Odes, Vol. 1 – Royal and Ceremonial Odes' (CDA66314)
Purcell: Odes, Vol. 1 – Royal and Ceremonial Odes
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'Purcell: The Complete Odes & Welcome Songs' (CDS44031/8)
Purcell: The Complete Odes & Welcome Songs
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Movement 01: Symphony
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Movement 02: Arise, my muse
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Movement 03: Ye sons of music raise your voices high
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Movement 04: Then sound your instruments and charm the earth
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Movement 05: See how the glitt'ring ruler of the day
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Movement 06: Hail, gracious Gloriana
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Movement 07: And since the time's distress to wars' alarms
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Movement 08: To quell his country's foes
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Movement 09: But ah, I see Eusebia drown'd in tears
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Movement 10: But Glory cries 'Go on'
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Arise, my muse, Z320
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Arise, my muse dates from 1690, the second of six years in which Purcell was commissioned to write an Ode for the birthday of Queen Mary. That year saw a change in the orchestral scoring of Purcell’s Odes, with the addition of wind and brass instruments (other than the pair of recorders that had featured on various previous occasions) to the established string texture. For this work, with an unusually inspired libretto, Purcell added pairs of oboes, recorders and trumpets, and also a second viola to the string section, making possible sounds of great richness.

The overture, like so many of Purcell’s works, is in the French style, with a grand introduction (using the pairs of trumpets and oboes particularly effectively) followed by an imitative section in triple time. The solo alto’s first entry finds Purcell’s imagination stirred by D’Urfey’s text, as indeed it is again later on for the same voice at ‘See how the glitt’ring ruler of the day’ where, over an eight-bar ground bass in minuet style, the sun summons the planets to ‘Dance in a solemn ball’. Opportunities for pathetic texts are obviously limited in joyous Odes, but the section ‘But ah, I see Eusebia drown’d in tears’ enables Purcell to show genuine emotion, despite the fact that ‘Eusebia’ refers to the Anglican Church, regretting the fact that William III has to champion her cause in Ireland. Nonetheless, the piece ends in triumphant manner, with the text exhorting the illustrious Prince not to leave his work unfinished.

from notes by Robert King © 2010

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Details for CDA66314 track 1
Symphony
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-88-31401
Duration
1'39
Recording date
16 May 1988
Recording venue
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Purcell: Odes, Vol. 1 – Royal and Ceremonial Odes (CDA66314)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: November 1988
    Deletion date: October 2006
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44031/8
  2. Purcell: The Complete Odes & Welcome Songs (CDS44031/8)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: November 1992
    8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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