For SATB Choir and Organ. This is a choral version of Purcell's famous solo song. Could also be done with harpsichord and cello, or any basso continuo-type instrument. (We included a cello part!)
An Evening Hymn is the opening work of Henry Playford's 1688 collection Harmonia Sacra and is set to words published in Nahum Tate's collection of moralizing poems for children. Throughout the song, Purcell uses a repeating five measure figure known as a ground bass. It can be heard in its entirety at the very beginning of the song. Atop that he writes a melody that sometimes matches the five-measure phrase of the bass an other times doesn't - it is this tension that propels the work forward and makes it continuously interesting.
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