Upon the Viol, a Catch (Henry Purcell)

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  • (Posted 2005-12-01)  CPDL #10297:       
Editor: Andreas Stenberg (submitted 2005-12-01).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 422 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: One of three catches on musical Themes in Three Catches from "The Catch Club or Merry Companion…". H.Purcell: A Catch by way of an Epistle, Anon.: A Fiddler and a Fuddler, H.Purcell: Upon the Viol

General Information

Title: Upon the Viol, a Catch
Composer: Henry Purcell

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicings: SSS or TTT
Genre: SecularCanon

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1731 -
Description: Written for men's voices. Z263

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Of all the instruments that are,
None can with the viol compare.
Mark how the strings their order keep,
With a "whet, whet, whet" and a "sweep, sweep, sweep".
But above all, this still abounds,
With a "Zingle, zing" and a "zit zat zounds".