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Welcome, vicegerent of the mighty King, Z340
composer
1680; Welcome Song for Charles II
author of text

Recordings
'Purcell: Odes, Vol. 8 – Come ye sons of Art' (CDA66598)
Purcell: Odes, Vol. 8 – Come ye sons of Art
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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 – Welcome, vicegerent of the mighty King
Track 9 on CDA66598 [3'12] Archive Service; also available on CDS44031/8
Track 9 on CDS44031/8 CD8 [3'12] 8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 2: Ah! Mighty Sir, if you to such long absence are inclined
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Movement 3: But your blest presence now
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Movement 4: Your influous approach our pensive hope recalls
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Movement 5: When the Summer, in his glory
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Movement 6: All loyalty and honour be
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Movement 7: Music the food of love
Track 15 on CDA66598 [3'33] Archive Service; also available on CDS44031/8
Track 15 on CDS44031/8 CD8 [3'33] 8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Welcome, vicegerent of the mighty King, Z340
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Welcome, vicegerent of the mighty King, Purcell’s first Ode, dates from 1680 and was written for the return of King Charles II to London, which the diarist Luttrell records as having taken place on 9 September. The Ode does not appear in the Buckingham Palace manuscript, into which Purcell collected many of his early Odes, but two other sources survive, both in the British Museum, demonstrating a remarkable piece of work from a composer just twenty-one years old. The chorus writing is spritely and full of life, the solo vocal writing sensitive and imaginative and the string writing especially fine. Purcell was already the author of a considerable bulk of church music at the Chapel Royal.

The Symphony is confident, richly harmonized in its first section, and showing the influence of Pelham Humfrey and Purcell’s teacher John Blow in the dotted rhythms of the imitative second section. Purcell’s mastery of technical devices is also apparent for, rather than simply repeating the second section of the overture as an instrumental section, he does this whilst superimposing the opening chorus over it, adding a new bass line and giving the original bass as an obbligato to the cello. After such a compositional tour de force comes a touching duet for alto and bass ‘Ah! Mighty Sir’, full of startling harmonic language, and capped by a charmingly scored string ritornello. The reference to ‘Augusta’ is again an alternative for ‘London’. The chorus ‘But your blest presence now’ dances along, and leads into a glorious string ritornello—the first of dozens with which Purcell graced his Royal Odes over the next fifteen years. In ‘Your influous approach’ Purcell echoes the tenor soloist with the full ensemble and is inspired, as always, by the mention of the word ‘harmony’: he leaves the real pictorialization for ‘Apollo with his sacred lyre’ to the continuo players’ imagination as a coda to the movement. ‘When the Summer, in his glory’ is delightfully scored for two sopranos, and the following chorus ‘All loyalty and honour be’ an example of how a simple, homophonic setting can be as effective as the most intricate of choruses. The tenor solo ‘Music the food of love’ is a jewel, with its simple melody repeated and harmonized by the full chorus before the continuo modulates the music up a fourth and the strings are given a ritornello of great charm and beauty. The final chorus of Purcell’s first Ode is deliberately kept simple.

from notes by Robert King © 2010

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Details for CDA66598 track 14
All loyalty and honour be
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-92-59814
Duration
0'59
Recording date
11 January 1992
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Ben Turner
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Robert Menzies
Hyperion usage
  1. Purcell: Odes, Vol. 8 – Come ye sons of Art (CDA66598)
    Disc 1 Track 14
    Release date: November 1992
    Deletion date: October 2007
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44031/8
  2. Purcell: The Complete Odes & Welcome Songs (CDS44031/8)
    Disc 8 Track 14
    Release date: November 1992
    8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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