Funeral Music (after Purcell)

Programme Note

Funeral Music (after Purcell) is based on Henry Purcell’s Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary. The instrumental movements of the Purcell, a march and a canzona (both of which appear twice), are presented in arrangements which re-invent Purcell’s textures but largely do not change the notes. The three choral movements of the Purcell are replaced with original movements which are loosely based on Purcell’s March and Canzona. The expressive world of the piece starts off in a light-hearted vein, but gradually moves towards the atmosphere that the title suggests.


8th September 2016
Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival Players, Eric Jacobsen
Charlottesville, Virginia, USA

Year: 2016
Duration: 13′
Instrumentation: Mixed Ensemble (fl(=picc).cl(=bcl) – pno – perc(1): bongos/vib – 2vln.1vla.1vc.1db)
Commissioned by Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival