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Boismortier
Joseph Bodin de Boismortier (1689 – 1755) was a French baroque composer. Rather like his German contemporary Telemann he made money by publishing his music for sale to the public and quite a lot of his extensive output was aimed at the amateur market.
Chaconne [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Boismortier Grade 07
Boismortier wrote several sonatas for two bassoons that were scored as being playable by viols or cellos.This chaconne is taken from a Sonata in A - the guitar playing both parts transposed to D.

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Henry Purcell
Henry Purcell (1659 - 95) is regarded as one of England’s greatest composers best known for his theatre works (semi-operas) and sacred works. He is also known for eight keyboard suites and a number of miscellaneous keyboard works published by John Playford in The Second Part of Musick’s Hand-maid and A Choice Collection of Lessons for the Harpsichord or Spinnet. The pieces I have arranged though are mainly found in manuscript collections in Oxford and Cambridge.

Keyboard music from this period was probably decorated somewhat ad lib by the player though some scores (including Purcell's) did include a liberal sprinkling of ornament signs that were not always consistently defined. In these arrangements I have mostly used the mordent sign to indicate where decorations might be used and left it up to the player to decide how to interpret them (and when to include them).

Air
[PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Purcell Grade 06
This Air is found in a MS held in the Oxford University Music School library.

Aire in D minor [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Purcell Grade 05
This Air is also found in a MS held in the Oxford University Music School library.

Almand
[PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Purcell Grade 05
This almand is from the first of Purcell's eight keyboard suites, the original being in G Major.

Corant [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Purcell Grade 05
This Corant is found in a MS held in the Cambridge University Fitzwilliam Museum.

Ground in Gamut [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Purcell Grade 07
This Ground is found in a MS held in Christchurch College Library in Oxford.

Sefauchi's Farewell [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Purcell Grade 06
This piece is found as a keyboard work in the 1689 Henry Playford publication The Second Part of Musick's Hand-Maid. Playford claimed in the Preface that the anthology has been "...carefully Revised and Corrected by Mr. Henry Purcell".

I didn't know who the title might refer to until a bit of Googling showed me that Sefauchi, or Siface was the nickname of Giovanni Francesco Grossi (1653 – 1697) who was regarded as one of the greatest Italian singers of the baroque age. According to Wikipedia he derived his nickname from his impersonation of that character in Cavalli's opera, Scipione Affricano. The Companion to Baroque Music (Oxford University Press) tells me he was a Castrato (male soprano) singer with a colourful lifestyle who was murdered by a jealous husband. Apparently he visited England in 1687 to perform and Purcell wrote this piece to mark his return to Italy.

In this piece I have tried to convey the rhythm appropriate to the 17th century style of playing by double dotting some notes that are single-dotted in the original score.

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Daniel Purcell
Daniel Purcell (1664-1717) was less well-known than his elder brother Henry as a composer perhaps because a lot of his music was composed as incidental music for masques - a form of entertainment that did not survive the end of the seventeenth century. He also completed some of Henry's work that was incomplete on his brother's death and wrote a number of instrumental sonatas.

Sarabande [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Purcell (Daniel) Grade 06
I'm not sure whether this sarabande was from one of his sonatas or composed for keyboard; I arranged it from a theorbo version by Matthias Rösel. I haven't included any decorations, which could be added ad lib by the player.

Hornpipe [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Purcell (Daniel) Grade 05
Daniel Purcell was less well-known than his elder brother Henry as a composer perhaps because a lot of his music was composed as incidental music for masques - a form of entertainment that did not survive the end of the seventeenth century. He also completed some of Henry's work that was incomplete on his brother's death and wrote a number of instrumental sonatas. The Hornpipe was usually a 4/4 dance but there are quite a lot of examples in 3/2 like this one. I haven't included any decorations, which could be added ad lib by the player.



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