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A Catch by way of an Epistle (Henry Purcell)

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  • (Posted 2005-12-01)  CPDL #10296:       
Editor: Andreas Stenberg (submitted 2005-12-01).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 422 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: A Catch by way of an Epistle

Composer: Henry Purcell

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1687
First published: 1731 -
Description:  Written for men's voices. Z282. One of Three Catches on musical themes from "The Catch Club or Merry Companion…":

  1. H. Purcell: A Catch by way of an Epistle
  2. Anon.: A Fiddler and a Fuddler
  3. H. Purcell: Upon the Viol

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

To all lovers of music, performers and scrapers,
to those that love catches, play tunes and cut capers;
With a new catch I greet you and tho' I say it that shouldn't.
Like a fiddle, 'tis music tho' the words are but wooden:

But my brother John Playford and I shall present you
e'er long with a book, I presume will content you.
'Tis true we know well the sale of good music,
But to hear us perform would make him sick, or you sick.

My maggot man Sam, at the first Temple Gate,
will further inform you, if not my Wife Kate;
From between the two devils near Temple Bar,
I rest, your friend and servant, John Carr