Purcell : Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary II (Arranged for Brass quintet)

Product Code : Purcell_02
Purcell wrote funeral music that includes his Funeral Sentences and later Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary II. The Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary comprises the march and canzona, and the funeral sentence Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts . It was first performed at the funeral of Queen Mary II of England in March 1695. Purcell's setting of Thou knowest, Lord was performed at his own funeral in November of the same year. In modern performances the march, canzona and three funeral sentences are often combined as Purcell's Funeral Sentences, Z. 860.
Purcell composed a setting of the sixth of the seven sentences of the Anglican Burial Service (Thou Knowest Lord, Z. 58C) for Queen Mary’s funeral, together with the March and Canzona (Z. 780). The march, in C minor, was written for a quartet of trumpets, which could play notes outside of the harmonic series and therefore in a minor key. Following the march is the canzona, also in C minor. Thou Knowest Lord is in E flat major and is a stirring hymn-like setting with all the voice parts moving in the same rhythm. Purcell's earlier setting of the fourth sentence of the Burial Service, Man that is born of a woman, introduces a melancholy theme. Purcell brings tension to the phrase “with hath but a short time to live”, and the melody rises and falls with the words “he cometh up and is cut down like a flower”. With “In the midst of life we are in death”, an earlier setting of the fifth sentence, Purcell begins with a soprano part that is passed on to the choir. The music portrays with chromaticism an air of anguish.
There do exist other arrangements of this work for brass ensemble but they require additional instrumentation some of which include organ, timpani or both, whereas our arrangement is a completely standalone brass chamber arrangement that requires no additional players to the standard configuration, so to summarise, you will get the March, Canzona, and Man that is born of a woman in our arrangement.
We would class this technically as fairly easy.
No. of Players : 5 Difficulty : Fairly Easy Arranged by : Mark Leigh
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In most cases, this is the arrangment being played back using the Sibelius video export facility, but in some cases this is an actual performance by groups commissioned by Undiscovered Brass to actually perform the arrangment.
Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary II (Arranged for Brass quintet)
Price : £25