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Fantasia upon a Ground in D major Z.731

Henry Purcell (b. 1659 - d. 1695)

Maria Keohane (photo credit: Göran Persson)

Maria Keohane (photo credit: Göran Persson)

Composer
Henry Purcell (b. 1659 - d. 1695)
Composition Year
ca.1680
Artists
Maria Keohane [soprano], Concerto Copenhagen (Peter Spissky, Fredrik From, Antina Hugosson [violins], Torbjörn Köhl [viola], Kate Hearne [cello], Mattias Frostenson [bass], Fredrik Bock [archlute, Guitar], Lars-Ulrik Mortensen [harpsichord, Director])

Programme Note Writer:
© Francis Humphrys

Purcell’s early chamber music includes the famous and popular Fantasia upon a Ground in three parts, played this morning with three violins and continuo. At this time, around 1680, Purcell was barely into his twenties and finding his feet in the treacherous politics of the Court of Charles II. To do the King justice, he was a serious music-lover and one of his first acts at the Restoration was to make key appointments in restoring the musical establishment to its former glory. The Fantasia upon a Ground is thought to be one of Purcell’s earliest surviving ground bass. It is a lively piece with the three lines intermingling and contrasting. The work becomes steadily more complicated as it progresses without ever losing its uplifting nature.

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Fantasia upon a Ground in D major Z.731

Composer: Henry Purcell (b. 1659 - d. 1695)
Performance date: Tuesday 1st July 2014
Venue: St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland

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Composer Henry Purcell (b. 1659 - d. 1695)
Work Title Fantasia upon a Ground in D major Z.731
Composition Year ca.1680
Artist(s) Maria Keohane [soprano], Concerto Copenhagen (Peter Spissky, Fredrik From, Antina Hugosson [violins], Torbjörn Köhl [viola], Kate Hearne [cello], Mattias Frostenson [bass], Fredrik Bock [archlute, Guitar], Lars-Ulrik Mortensen [harpsichord, Director])
Performance Date Tuesday 1st July 2014
Performance Venue St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland
Event Coffee Concert
Duration 00:05:05
Recording Engineer Richard McCullough, RTE
Instrumentation Category Small Mixed Ensemble
Instrumentation S-solo, 2vn, va, vc, db, lu/gui
Programme Note Writer © Francis Humphrys

Purcell’s early chamber music includes the famous and popular Fantasia upon a Ground in three parts, played this morning with three violins and continuo. At this time, around 1680, Purcell was barely into his twenties and finding his feet in the treacherous politics of the Court of Charles II. To do the King justice, he was a serious music-lover and one of his first acts at the Restoration was to make key appointments in restoring the musical establishment to its former glory. The Fantasia upon a Ground is thought to be one of Purcell’s earliest surviving ground bass. It is a lively piece with the three lines intermingling and contrasting. The work becomes steadily more complicated as it progresses without ever losing its uplifting nature.