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A song on the victory obtain'd over the rebels by His Royal Highness the Duke of Cumberland, HWV228/9

First line:
From scourging Rebellion, and baffling proud France
composer
1749
author of text

 
A song on the victory obtain’d over the rebels, by his Royal Highness the Duke of Cumberland or From scourging Rebellion (HWV 228/9) is a patriotic song that Handel wrote in 1746, as well as the Occasional Oratorio, to support the Hanoverian cause.

William, Duke of Cumberland, King George II’s younger son, had taken command of the government forces and pursued Bonnie Prince Charlie in Scotland. He defeated the Jacobite army at Culloden and was given a hero’s welcome on his return to London. This rousing song was published in the London Magazine in July 1746 with a note that it had been sung at Vauxhall Gardens by the famous tenor, Thomas Lowe. The words are by John Lockman with the applauding chorus line ‘Your Glasses charge high; tis in brave William’s Praise’.

It has an unspecified treble instrumental line which a trumpet or other wind instrument could play and indeed, the famous trumpeter Valentine Snow (c1700-1770) was a regular performer at Vauxhall and he like others, became ‘stars’ in their own right. By 1745 Snow was the most respected trumpeter in the country after succeeding John Shire and became the Sergeant Trumpeter to the King from 1753.

This song contains melodic fragments from ‘Volate amori’ in Handel’s opera Ariodante and from his orchestral minuet used in 1749 in the Music for the Royal Fireworks, a movement originally composed for the overture to the Occasional Oratorio.

1746 was a prosperous season at Vauxhall following the defeat of the Jacobites at Culloden (16 April). This song was only one of many triumphalist lyrics of that year’s repertory, following the brutal putting down of the Catholic Jacobite uprising. Burney captured the spirit of the times in 1746: ‘The season at Vaux Hall was very prosperous, and songs of triumph were sung every night. The King went thither several times in person, and the prince and princess of Wales … very frequently.’

from notes by Bridget Cunningham © 2017

Recordings

Handel: Handel at Vauxhall, Vol. 2
Studio Master: SIGCD479Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Track 7 on SIGCD479 [2'44] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD479 track 7

Artists
ISRC
GB-LLH-17-47907
Duration
2'44
Recording date
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Christopher Alder & Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Neil Hutchinson & Mike Hatch
Hyperion usage
  1. Hyperion sampler - September 2017 (HYP201709)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: September 2017
    Download-only sampler
  2. Handel: Handel at Vauxhall, Vol. 2 (SIGCD479)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: September 2017
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