Fancy on a Catch of Henry Aldrich
theme is drawn from The Catch Club or Merry Companions being a Choice
Collection of the most Diverting Catches for three and Four voices Compos'd
by the late Mr. Henry Purcell, Dr. Blow & c. The text for this round
[ 1 ] reads:
"Although, Jolly Tom, great fame thou hast won, / thy bloody red nose shall
look paler e're long! / For the rate that we drink at each night still
procures / such noses as would quite discountenance yours! / And when the
large bumper floats 'round in the close, / we'll despise thee and swear 'tis
mine Arse of a Nose!."
theme is stated at the pick up to measure 14, with some ornamentation after
several phrases as an opening gambit. The theme is stated in all voices,
including the pedal.
The entire work is here,
an MP3 file [ circa 3' 00" ]
The score for Fancy on a Catch of Henry Aldrich is available as a
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Fancy on a Catch of
[ 1 ] It is noted that Dr. Aldrich was a philosopher and theologian, among his
many accomplishments, but also a member of that musical "club" which enjoyed
life in its many ways. The simple round is as follows: