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Sound the trumpet, beat the drum, Z335
composer
1687; Welcome Song for James II
author of text

Recordings
'Purcell: Odes, Vol. 3 – Fly, bold rebellion' (CDA66412)
Purcell: Odes, Vol. 3 – Fly, bold rebellion
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'Purcell: The Complete Odes & Welcome Songs' (CDS44031/8)
Purcell: The Complete Odes & Welcome Songs
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Movement 1: Symphony
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Movement 2: Sound the trumpet, beat the drum
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Movement 3: Crown the year and crown the day
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Movement 4: Let Caesar and Urania live
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Movement 5: What greater bliss can Fate bestow
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Movement 6: Chaconne
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Movement 7: While Caesar like the morning star
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Movement 8: To Urania and Caesar delights without measure
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Sound the trumpet, beat the drum, Z335
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Sound the trumpet, beat the drum was the last of the three Odes that Purcell wrote between 1685 and 1687 to celebrate the birthday of James II. Queen Mary had been in Bath from 16 August to 6 October, but on 11 October she and King James returned from Windsor to Whitehall, ready for the King’s birthday celebrations on 14 October. The diarist Narcissus Luttrell recorded in his diary that the celebrations appeared to have been on a smaller scale than in previous years, there being ‘no bonefires, being so particularly commanded’. The Ode is contained in a surprisingly large number of sources: one later version (the Kent manuscript), produced after Purcell’s death, used a totally new text and adds trumpets and timpani to the orchestra. However, Purcell’s 1687 version is scored only for strings and, with the names of many of the singers recorded in the manuscripts, we can see that the first performance was a fairly small-scale affair. After a splendid two-movement overture, Mr Abell, the alto, sets the Ode off in suitably military style, punctuated by interjections from both the bass and ritornelli from the strings. By 1687 Purcell was beginning to cut down on the instrumental ritornelli that concluded so many movements in the early Odes, tending instead to move straight into a contrasting vocal section, but the alto duet ‘Let Caesar and Urania live’, set over a two-bar ground bass, is transformed into glorious four-part string writing. The bass, Mr Bowman, must have been an extraordinary singer, for in the solo ‘While Caesar like the morning star’ Purcell utilizes a range from high E down to bottom D. Equally extraordinary is the Chaconne which Purcell includes at the mid-point of the Ode: this is as fine an example of the form as he ever wrote, using a multitude of compositional devices and including a marvellous minor section. Purcell must have been especially pleased with this movement for, four years later, he re-used it in King Arthur.

from notes by Robert King © 2010

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What greater bliss can Fate bestow
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-90-41213
Duration
2'48
Recording date
1 January 1990
Recording venue
Rickmansworth Masonic School Chapel, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Ben Turner
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Purcell: Odes, Vol. 3 – Fly, bold rebellion (CDA66412)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: August 1990
    Deletion date: October 2009
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44031/8
  2. Purcell: The Complete Odes & Welcome Songs (CDS44031/8)
    Disc 3 Track 13
    Release date: November 1992
    8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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