Fancy on a Catch of Henry Aldrich


Fancy on a Catch of Henry Aldrich - (2011)    

for organ


The 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!."


The 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 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 Henry Aldrich




[ 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: