Old English Songs


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  • Bound in the late eighteenth century as Old English Songs, this book was compiled at that time from at least two preexistent collections. The earlier of the two collections, with printed and manuscript song sheets from the late seventeenth century to about 1715, forms the latter half of Old English Songs, items 52 to 99. It contains works by Purcell and Handel, as well as small groups of songs from some of the best known theatrical works of the day: Arsinoe, Love’s Triumph, Pyrrhus and Demetrius, and Thomyris. The first part of the volume, numbers 1-51, also appears to have been a preexistent collection, although its unity is not as clear. For more details, including contents, see

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