Henry Purcell (c. 10 September 1659 – 21 November 1695) was an English composer. Although incorporating Italian and French stylistic elements into his compositions, Purcell's legacy was a uniquely English form of Baroque music. He is generally considered to be one of the greatest English composers; no other native-born English composer approached his fame until Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Benjamin Britten in the 20th century.
"Ayre" comes from "Since God so tender a regard, Nor do I cry." It was arranged by E. Power Biggs (1906-1977) and taken from his recording of "Heroic Music for Organ, Brass and Percussion," and was transcribed by Dr. Robert E. Hopkins.
The music is a delight, and perfectly suits the organ at Mary-le-Bow.
Since I notice that nobody seems to be making much use of the Bow Bells (cymbelstern), I wondered if it could possibly fit in with the music of Purcell...
I leave it up to you to decide!
I will shortly be reviewing this fine sample set by Lavender Audio on "The Barde," so, I hope you will take a look when it is published.
The score is attached below, as well as a painting of Henry Purcell, and a photo of E. Power Biggs.
The MIDI is also attached.
Tomorrow, get ready for the Peterborough Cathedral Hill to thunder forth in two grand American pieces, uploaded to celebrate the Fourth of July!