Fancy on a Catch of John Eccles
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
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"Confusion to the pow'r of Cupid, / brisk Wine ne'er made a mortal stupid; /
drink, while sober sots look pale, / condemn'd to Claps and soggy Ale. / A
pox of Love, there's nothing in it, / a Bumper gives the happy minute."
The term, claps, stems from the 13th century, and once not only meant a sound but a
reference to a sudden stroke of fortune, or even misfortune. Eccles was ,
after Purcell's death in 1695) the leading Restoration theatre composer,
from Drury Lane Theatre to the court.
The entire work is here,
an MP3 file [ circa 3' 00" ]
The score for Fancy on a Catch of Henry Purcell is available as a
free PDF download, though any major commercial performance or recording of
the work is prohibited without prior arrangement with the composer. Click on
the graphic below for this organ score.
Fancy on a Catch of
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The simple round is as follows: