Four Dialogues - II

from Orpheus Britannicus

Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

for soprano (d'-a''), bass (G-g') and bc

Ref. no Pur 02 (in 'cantatas')           sample page      cover page      To order:     

  • Since Times are so bad (Z.578 II)
  • Tell me why my Charming Fair (Z.627)

Since Times are so bad appears in Don Quixote, and is an amusing social commentary on court and city life. Tell me why, my Charming Fair is taken from the Act V Masque in Dioclesian. These are both more substantial pieces than the first two, and represent a more developed, sophisticated style.