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Henry Purcell
1659 - 1695
Great Britain, England
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H. Purcell
Henry Purcell (ca. 10/09/1659 21/11/1695) was an English composer. Although it incorporated Italian and French elements, Purcell's style of Baroque music was uniquely English. Generally considered among the greatest English opera composers, Purcell is often linked with John Dunstaple and William Byrd as England's most important early music composers. No later native-born English composer approached his fame until Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst, William Walton and Benjamin Britten in the 20th century.
Source:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Purcell
Funeral Sentences (Z.860)
Period:Baroque
Composed in:1695
Musical form:free
Text/libretto:English texts
Duration:14'55
In memory of:Queen Mary II (1662-1694)
Label(s):Harmonia Mundi HMM 931462
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The English composer Henry Purcell wrote funeral music that includes his Funeral Sentences and the later Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, Z. 860. Two of the funeral sentences, "Man that is born of a woman" Z. 27 and "In the midst of life we are in death" Z. 17, survive in autograph score. The Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary comprises the March and Canzona Z. 780[1] and the funeral sentence "Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts" Z. 58C. It was first performed at the funeral of Queen Mary II of England in March 1695. Purcell's setting of "Thou knowest, Lord" was performed at his own funeral in November of the same year. In modern performances the March, Canzona and three funeral sentences are often combined as Purcell's Funeral Sentences, Z. 860.

Funeral Sentences contains:
01. Man that is born of a woman
02. In the midst of live
03. Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts


♫ 01. Man that is born of a woman
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♫ 02. In the midst of live
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♫ 03. Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts
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Source:booklet of cd Harmonia Mundi HMM 931462
The work is scored for soprano, alto, tenor, and bass, four trumpets, and basso continuo. The text is from the Book of Common Prayer (1662):

1.
Man that is born of a woman
hath but a short time to live,
and is full of misery.
He cometh up, and is cut down like a flower;
he fleeth as it were a shadow,
and ne'er continueth in one stay.

2.
In the midst of life we are in death:
of whom may we seek for succour,
but of thee, O Lord,
who for our sins art justly displeased?

Yet, O Lord, O Lord most mighty,
O holy and most merciful Saviour,
deliver us not into the bitter pains
of eternal death.

3.
Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts;
shut not thy merciful ears unto our pray'rs;
but spare us, Lord most holy, O God most mighty.

O holy and most merciful Saviour,
thou most worthy Judge eternal,
suffer us not, at our last hour,
for any pains of death, to fall from thee. Amen.

Source:booklet of cd Harmonia Mundi HMM 931462
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Queen Mary II
(dedicatee)